Arnott Signs Qualifying Offer
August 15, 2005
Center Returns to Dallas for 2005-06
FRISCO, Tex. -- Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that center Jason Arnott has accepted the team's one-year qualifying offer for the 2005-06 season. Per club policy, no financial terms were disclosed.
"Jason brings size and stability to our forward group and will be relied on this year to play a significant role on our team," said Armstrong. "We are happy to have him back and we're expecting solid production from him in 2005-06."
Arnott, 30, appeared in 73 games with Dallas in 2003-04, registering 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points with a +23 rating. The 6-4, 220-pound center ranked first on the team in '03-04 in plus/minus, first in assists, second in points, second in game-winners (5) and fourth in goals. Finishing just two assists shy of tying his career-high of 38 assists set in 1996-97 while with Edmonton, Arnott also posted his sixth-straight 20-goal season.
Over his two-plus seasons with the Stars, Arnott has tallied 47 goals and 61 assists for 108 points with 123 penalty minutes in 155 contests. A 20-goal scorer eight times over his career, he notched a career-high 33 goals and 68 points during the 1993-94 season with Edmonton. In 743 career NHL games, he has collected 244 goals and 324 assists for 568 points with 897 penalty minutes.
A first round draft choice (seventh overall) by the Oilers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Arnott played with Edmonton from 1993-98. Acquired by the New Jersey Devils with Bryan Muir on Jan. 4, 1998 in exchange for Bill Guerin and Valeri Zelepukin, he played with New Jersey from 1998-02. He was a member of the 2000 New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup championship team, recording the series-clinching goal in Game Six of the Cup Finals at Dallas in the second overtime. He was acquired by Dallas from New Jersey on Mar. 19, 2002 with Randy McKay and a 2002 first round pick in exchange for Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner.