Veteran center Jason Arnott will test the free agent market when it opens on Friday at noon, according to his agent.
Arnott’s agent, who is also his brother Wade, said in an e-mail that “although we maintain an open line of communication with the Caps, Jason will test free agency at this point.”
Washington acquired Arnott, 36, at the trade deadline from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for David Steckel and a second-round draft pick in 2010.
Arnott, who earned $4.5 million each of the past five seasons, has 1,172 NHL regular season games of experience. He played in 11 regular season games with the Capitals, recording four goals and seven points, but he was limited by a knee injury. In the playoffs, he posted six points in nine playoff games but no even-strength goals. What Arnott quickly became known for in Washington, though, was the veteran perspective and the mentoring role he took on with both Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin.
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