Jason Arnott fails physical, will not sign with New York Rangers

Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The veteran center will not join the New York Rangers after reportedly failing a physical over the weekend.

The New York Rangers will not be signing center Jason Arnott after all, as the veteran free agent failed a physical with team doctors, according to ESPN's Katie Strang.

Arnott traveled to New York on Saturday to meet with team officials and it was expected he would sign a one-year deal worth up to $1.6 million with incentives, although he has now left the New York area after he was not cleared by team doctors.

The 38-year old center underwent offseason knee surgery and reportedly played through a knee and shoulder injury last season. Arnott signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues for the 2011-2012 season, registering 17 goals and 17 assists in 72 games. The veteran, who has played with six different NHL teams in his career, scored 33 goals as recently as 2008-2009 with the Nashville Predators.

The New York Rangers have started the season 2-3-0, recently beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. The Rangers will face the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

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