Veteran power forward Jason Arnott announced his retirement today, after 18 seasons in the NHL. New Jersey Devils fans remember Arnott as the player who scored the game-winning goal in double overtime in the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals to secure New Jersey’s second Stanley Cup.
Although he played for six different teams in the NHL, his cup-clinching goal against the Dallas Stars in 2000 may be the highlight of his career. Across two separate stints with the Devils, Arnott had 245 points in 364 regular season games (110-135-245) and 41 points in 58 playoff games (18-23-58). He was most notable as the centerman for the “A” line, with wingmates Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora.
His long career in the National Hockey League and his consistency as a 20-goal scorer allow Arnott to retire with impressive numbers. In 1,244 games across six teams, he scored 417 goals, 145 of which were on the powerplay. He retires with 938 points.
While Jason Arnott will be missed, the Devils already miss the success that they have found with him in the past. After being shut out for the last seven periods, the squad will be going into Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers still riddled with injuries.
- Jon Merrill slid into the boards just under five minutes into his NHL debut against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night, resulting in several facial lacerations that required stitches in various places across his face. He did not return to the lineup, and is currently being tested to find out if he has a concussion. He will not partake in Thursday’s game.
- Ryane Clowe (head) and Bryce Salvador (foot) are still nursing their injuries. Clowe has begun off-ice workouts, but neither player will be on the bench in Philadelphia.
- Travis Zajac (ankle), Patrik Elias (upper body), Anton Volchenkov (lower body), and Peter Harrold (elbow) are considered day-to-day in Pete DeBoer‘s book.
If Zajac and Elias are healthy by Thursday, the Devils may be able to escape a dangerous three-game losing streak. The last two losses to the Flyers and Wild would not have been so frustrating if they had been able to at least break the ice with a goal or two in either game, and with Zajac or Elias in the lineup, their chances would have been greatly enhanced. Devils fans can only hope that a healthy lineup will help to restore the momentum they started to build during the end of October.
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