After a really great almost year, it’s time for me to hang up my pen. Well, for this blog.
I’ve decided to write full time for The DC Sports Nexus, where I’m the head hockey writer and considering I don’t have a lot of time, I had to make a decision. That is, to shut this blog down. I’m really going to miss all 2 of you who read my occasional and ill timed posts. This blog was a great stepping stone for me and will hopefully lead to greater things, like a job!
Until then, check me out at dcsportsnexus.com where I write about hockey and baseabll occasionally. I hope you’ll continue reading my stuff, just at a different blog. I’ll miss y’all!
What seems like eons ago, but was actually only last year ago, the Caps signed Arnott at the trade deadline along with Marco Sturm and Dennis Wideman. Sturm is now in Florida after a brief stay in Vancouver. Wideman now plays for the Falmes and Arnott plays for the Blues.
Of all the players we “leased” last year, Arnott is the one I’d like back on the team. While the question of getting Semin is up in the air and unlikely (Arnott was Semin’s center and he seemed to help with his performance), Arnott is still a solid center who could play on any line interchangeably not to mention his intangibles like his veteran leadership and strong presence in the locker room. Much reminiscent of what Mike Knuble brought to the table and what will be sorely missed.
With no real veterans on the team (Roman Hamrlik? Not exactly what I was thinking of…) and a team chock full of rookies and guys with not much experiance with the Playoffs and what it takes to win the Cup, Arnott fits the bill.
He’s won a Cup, back in 2000 with the New Jersey Devils. He’s a skilled player who played for the Rookie All Star team back in 1994 (I wasn’t even born yet!) as well as in the All Star Game of 1997 and 2008. He’s a solid, skilled player who made an impact on the Caps with his brief contract back in early 2011 and will probably expand the depth of skill and leadership for the Caps in the center position as well as the locker room. If that doesn’t sound like a good idea, what is?
Arnott’s current contract is $2.5 million for a one year deal with the Blues, if (well, more like when) the Caps don’t re-sign Semin, they’ll have even more cap space on top of what they have after freeing Wideman up. Arnott would be a cheap sign with a fair a lot of benifets, as stated above. It would be a smart move to sign him to move the Caps toward the ever looming goal, winning the Cup. As Caps new head coach Adam Oates said, the number one priority is winning the Cup.
Arnott can bring us one step closer.