I wanted Arnott a few years ago, he'd provide some good two-way play and significantly upgrade the leadership of the team.
We'd have to make room though, it's pretty tight up front as is, especially since I think it's about time Kadri got a full long look, and Frattin should be up as well.
Connolly/Lombardi probably can't be moved until closer to the deadline, MacArthur should be moved as well at some point (I don't see him in the longterm plans). Bozak I could go either way on, and Lupul is an enigma. Probably has good trade value, but if last year wasn't a fluke, then we'll be kicking ourselves if we move him instead of sign him. Also, I think he's got a great personality, could be a good leader.
Another race to the bottom player at the tail end of his career, since I am really hoping we finish in the bottom 4, sign him up. Not the player he once was but he is a leader and this team has none, so he can help in the room I suppose.
I like the idea of a vet leader like him who is a Carlyle type of guy on the team.
Issue is with room on the club.
Who do we bench for him?
Bozak isn't a 1C but Arnott can't keep up with Lupul/Kessel
Grabo is a better player right now.
McClement could bump down to the 4th line but then we sit Steckle, and Steckle has been a FO wiz for us.
6'5, 220 lbs centre. Has averaged 70 games or so, the last few seasons.
Still good for about 35 points a season.
we need him for what? to win the cup? back to burke type of deals.
bring up colborne, use the prospects, let them get there feet wet in the NHL, 48 games, than see who can play or not in the nhl, start in the summer with adding good ufa's to fill the holes.
48 games should be a showcase for our young prospects, not sign more oldies,
lets get serious, we are not going to make the playoffs. but if we make theplayoffs with our young prospects playing, that will be a bonus, to build on.
I don't think Arnott can really dictate as to where he wants to play. I'm sure if a job offer came, he would pounce on it.
I'm not sold on the Arnott acquisition. As much as I would have loved him on the team 5 years ago, he just doesn't have it anymore. He is somewhat effective, but it just reminds me of the same old Leafs.