Arnott had knee surgery between seasons and the Rangers didn't feel he was up to snuff. They're done with him, he's back to free agency..
Just as well that we don't have to see him with the Rangers. It would just feel really weird. I don't blame him though for wanting to sign there with them. It's probably hard to find work for him right now.
So while we don't know why Arnott failed the physical, is it safe to assume they probably aren't gonna touch him now? Even if he does fix whatever the problem was unless it's something very minor?
Depends whether another team's doctors have another opinion. Back in the day, Detroit had a trade in place to send Kyle Quincey to Dallas. Quincey proceeded to fail his physical and the trade was rescinded. Detroit tried to send Quincey down to the AHL as a result and the Kings pounced on him on waivers.
Carolina waived Zach Boychuk. Seems like somebody's going to claim him.
(I think once the season starts, the waiver priority is set by the percentage points rather than last year's standings. So Florida/Washington/Philly would have first dibs rather than Columbus/Edmonton/Montreal).
Edit: Normally the waiver priority in the first month of the season is based on last year's standings. But nobody's quite 100% sure if the procedure is changed in the shortened season. But it's looking like Columbus/Edmonton/Montreal/etc in that order would have priority.