Oilers History: The mishandling of Jason Arnott
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12-09-2012, 05:23 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
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TBH, he seemed like the kind of guy who needed to be in a place like Nashville where he could be the best forward on the team without really being a gamebreaker, face of the franchise or celebrity. Primeau is a decent comparable, except that Primeau was a better player.
He was great in NJ for about 3 seasons, including the back to back trips to the finals. He was everything you could want from a complementary offensive forward in the dead puck era - big, strong, fast, great shot, not-selfish. He wore an A and most Devils fans felt he was destined to be the next captain after Scott Stevens retired.
Then the team hit a rough patch in 2001-02, and there was a general sense that Arnott was one of the key players who was playing lazy and that the A-line as a whole had gotten bigger than the team. So Arnott was shipped out along with the near-retirement Randy McKay for aging Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner.
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