The Rangers must continue their search if they wish to add to their depth at forward. Help will not be coming in the form of ex-Devil Stanley Cup winner Jason Arnott.
The organization on Sunday decided against proceeding in contract negotiations with the veteran center. The team and Arnott, 38, had agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million on Saturday, pending a physical.
However, medical concerns cropped up.
Arnott had 17 goals and 17 assists in 72 games for the Blues last season but played through both shoulder and knee issues. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery during the off-season. Over 18 seasons, including two stops with the Devils, Arnott has 417 goals and 521 assists in 1,244 games.
But looking to bolster their bottom six forwards, the Rangers may have found an in-house solution in former Shark Benn Ferriero, 25.
Acquired from the Penguins organization on Thursday and recalled from Connecticut (AHL) late Friday, Ferriero played 12:40 in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs and finished the game centering captain Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin.
"I thought … Ferriero played really well," coach John Tortorella said.
Tortorella has spent the first five games trying to properly balance his attack as the top line of All-Stars Brad Richards, Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik have gotten the bulk of ice time.
Rangers pass on free agent Jason Arnott
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