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Jason Arnott appreciates the Devils’ decision to trade him to Capitals

If you were to track down Jason Arnott last summer and tell him that he would be playing for a second-seeded, division-winning Eastern Conference team, he probably wouldn’t have been too surprised. Yet that shoulder shrug would probably change to some raised eyebrows once you revealed that he would do so as a member of the Washington Capitals rather than the New Jersey Devils.

Arnott found himself at a crossroads during the 2011 trade deadline, as the Devils were putting together an improbable (and ultimately futile) run toward a playoff spot. As courageous as New Jersey seemed to be, the odds were stacked against them, and the 36-year-old center wanted a chance to win another Stanley Cup ring.

Aware that he won’t get many more chances to go for the league’s top prize, Arnott and the Devils decided it would be best to move him to a team with a better outlook. The Capitals ended up being the right fit, as they hoped that the veteran of 17 seasons and more than 100 playoff games would add some crucial experience to the mix.

That equation is working out quite well in his abbreviated month-and-a-half stay, as it seems like both the Capitals and Arnott are benefiting from the move. It’s nice to see that Arnott appreciates the gesture by the Devils, something he discussed with beat writer Tom Gulitti.

Arnott covered quite a few issues in the story, with perhaps the most interesting tidbits involving Alex Ovechkin and Michelle Obama.

Arnott is trying to make the most of the chance he’s been given. He has spent a lot of time getting to know Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin since the trade.

They’ve been out to dinner a few times and one time, when Arnott’s wife, Dina, happened to be in town (she and their two children are still living in New Jersey), they happened to dine in the same restaurant as First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady was kind enough to stop by their table – at the outgoing Ovechkin’s request – and both got their photos take with her.

In addition to Ovechkin’s extroverted personality, Arnott has also come to see how much the two-time Hart Trophy winner’s wants to win the Stanley Cup.

“He’s just a star player that really wants to win,” Arnott said. “This is the one thing he wants to do. He’s won enough trophies for himself. I think he’d put all of that stuff (aside) if he would win that Cup. So it goes a long way to show a star player like that wants to win as badly as he does.”

If Game 1 was any indication, the Capitals seem willing to expend the elbow grease necessary to win it all. Perhaps Arnott can impart some more experience-based advice along the way to help them do just that.

Barack Obama will welcome the Stanley Cup, Chicago Blackhawks on March 11

Barack Obama

It’s a ceremony that has become so deeply ingrained in sports that video games have begun emulating it: when your team wins a championship, it’s only a matter of time before you get to meet the president.

Perhaps the function might be a little more personal for Barack Obama this time around, being that the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks reside in his old headquarters in Chicago. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane & Co. will visit the White House on March 11 at 3pm ET.

Following the ceremony, Michelle Obama and Gary Bettman will help promote Obama and USA Hockey’s contribution to the Let’s Move! venture (check out the First Lady’s commercial here).

Sounds like it should be a lot of fun, even if we don’t get the pleasure of watching Dustin Byfuglien greet the most powerful man in the world in a huge suit.

Video: Michelle Obama’s hockey advertisement

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There have been some pretty big names in politics, entertainment and other highly publicized professions who shared their interest and approval of hockey.

Sarah Palin’s hockey fandom gained considerable notoriety once she became a vice presidential candidate. Kiefer Sutherland voiced the introduction for NHL presentations. Just about every Canadian celebrity has shown interest in the sport.

Yet there still seems to be something special about First Lady Michelle Obama speaking on the sport’s behalf.

Obama appeared in a public service announcement for USA Hockey and the NHL, which you can see in the video below. It’s part of an effort to get kids to exercise via the Let’s Move campaign (one would assume so they don’t become pear-shaped hockey bloggers).

(H/T to Schuyler Baehman for the video.)