Jason Arnott arrived in Nashville before the 2006 season, after an already successful career that included a Stanley Cup win (and Game 6, Cup-clinching goal in OT) with the New Jersey Devils in 2000.
Arnott would serve as captain from 2007 to 2010 after Timonen’s one-term stint as Captain. He was the captain during the team’s fourth consecutive playoff appearance in 2008.
Though the team didn’t qualify for the 2009 playoffs, they would return in 2010. Still, the team would not advance out of the conference quarterfinals.
Arnott was a significant piece to the Predators because he had achieved that elite status in his career, and the Predators had always been a blue collar team that didn’t have a lot of elite level talent.
Though Arnott may not have gotten the team over the first round hump, he still led the team during a time of transition, before making way for a player captain that is still beloved by Predators fans everywhere.