GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- With the pursuit of free agent Jason Arnott over because the 38-year-old center "couldn't pass the physical," Rangers president Glen Sather said, the Blueshirts are keeping their eyes open for experienced forwards.
"We have 10 rookies at Hartford. It's necessary to look around," Sather said Monday. "It's going to be a long year. You never know what's going to happen. There's always injuries, so it's smart to look around."
Asked what type of player he would want instead of Arnott, whom he drafted for the Oilers in 1993, Sather said with a grin, "A guy that can play, is smart, can score 30, 40 goals."
Sather knows full well he'll have to settle for far less, but he was willing to pay up to $1.6 million (prorated) for a healthy Arnott, who had knee troubles last season and had surgery in June.
Among the notable forwards available: Daymond Langkow, 36, a center who was 11-19-30 in 73 games for Phoenix last season and 1-6-7 in 16 playoff games; Radek Dvorak, 35, who was 4-17-21 in 73 games for Dallas and played with the Rangers from 1999-2003, and Brendan Morrison, 37, who was 4-7-11 in 39 games for Chicago and Calgary.
With the right deal, Sather could fill additional holes before the April 3 trade deadline. Last April, he offered a major package for Rick Nash, who later was traded to the Rangers, and in 2011, he added John Mitchell and Bryan McCabe in late February.
Notes & quotes: With a 2-for-22 mark on the power play, the Rangers worked on the man-advantage setup, using Nash, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi on the No. 1 unit. Marian Gaborik, Derek Stepan, Taylor Pyatt and Anton Stralman were on the second, with Marc Staal rotating with Ryan McDonagh . . . Chris Kreider (ankle) didn't practice.
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