Jason Arnott deal pends physical

Updated: January 27, 2013, 6:10 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers agreed to terms Saturday on a one-year deal with Jason Arnott, although the veteran free agent center still must pass his physical for the deal to become official, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

It is not immediately clear when Arnott, 38, will be evaluated by the Rangers' medical staff. Arnott reportedly underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this past summer after playing through both a knee and shoulder injury last season.

If he does pass the physical, the deal will be worth $1.6 million (pro-rated), with $1.2 million guaranteed, the source said.

Arnott would add some depth and experience to the Rangers' roster.

He spent last season with the St. Louis Blues, collecting 17 goals and 17 assists in 72 games. In 1,244 career regular-season games, the 18-year veteran has 417 goals, 521 assists and a plus-minus of 81.

The Rangers improved to 2-3-0 with Saturday night's 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Before the game, Rangers coach John Tortorella said nothing was done on the Arnott front and declined further comment.

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Earlier, the Rangers recalled forward Benn Ferriero from Connecticut of the AHL.

Ferriero had an assist in his debut for Connecticut on Friday and joined the Rangers for the first time, playing 12 minutes. He was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday for forward Chad Kolarik.

New York got rugged forward Arron Asham back in the lineup after he missed two games because of a groin injury.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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