There's a reason a mediocre team (Toronto) didn't bother protecting Green. He's not that good. If we need a 4th line center somewhere down the line, we can always pick up a Rheaume.
As for Arnott, why do you think he's available? I heard that Dallas is planning on a top line of Modano-Arnott-Guerin. Even if he was available I don't think that they'd trade him for a centerpiece as risky as Foster.
I believe Mike O'Connell was so desperate to finally fill the void with Josef Stumpel gone that he didn't even want to take the chance of losing out on him to another team - hence the trade of a draft pick to Columbus for him.
Travis Green was very good with the Islanders, but that was a long time ago. The reason I would take Green over Rheaume is for the very reason Jason stated, he is a really good face-off guy. If we need to win a big face-off in the defensive zone, Green would be my pick over all of the other Devils' centers.
The experiment of using Mike Modano as a left-winger with Arnott and Guerin is over with, last I heard. Turgeon is their second-line centerman and Arnott is being used again at right wing, where he is just not comfortable. I forgot where I read this, but is was as recent as a few days ago. I don't know if Arnott is complaining, but I do believe that Dallas wants to trim their payroll. If we can afford getting Arnott back, and the players on our current roster would not have a problem with him, and Lou and Burns would be okay with Jason coming back, then I believe it is a good trade for both teams. Dallas gets a little younger with Foster--who has a tremendous upside--and Uchevatov and that #2 pick, and a little tougher with Turner Stevenson.
We dont' need any more 3rd or 4th liners. We need to trade like 6 of our 3rd or 4th liners for 1 1st liner.
Honestly look at this mess....
Marshall, Stevenson, Rasmussen, Brylin, Larionov, Berglund, Gionta, Pandolfo, Rupp....the list goes on.
These guys really SHOULD be 3rd/4th liners, at least for this year. Yes I realize we are the Devils, a team that puts Marshall on the 1st line . But honestly, IMHO, none of these guys belong on a top 1st or 2nd line in the National Hockey League. NO MORE TRAVIS GREEN'S and players like that. We need scorers and playmakers.
At $1.6M, Green is making more than Larionov at $1.5M. More than both Rasmussen at $0.6M and Rheaume's qualifier at $0.8??M.
I don't see Arnott returning for the reason Lou stated on the DVD. I agree chemistry is important for Elias to be successful, but I think there is a fine line between chemistry and catering to one player by acquiring the "perfect" linemate. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate what Elias brings to the Devils, but I would not be surprised nor upset to see him traded, before the deadline for a premiere forward of similar value, if he struggles throughout the season. Being the team's leading scorer is not enough. Elias and Gomez need to finish in the clutch, not when we already have a lead in the game. The Devils simply cannot afford to let Elias miss as many wide-open nets and scoring chances as he and Gomez did last season.