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January 20, 2011 // 10:08pm ET
Arnott an option for Thrashers?

The Thrashers picked up a valuable point Thursday night, despite losing to divisional rival Tampa Bay, but with Carolina hot on their trail, Atlanta management is looking for upgrades.

Thrashers president Don Waddell has acknowledged that ownership is willing to spend extra money to bring in some outside assistance to bolster the team's playoff chances.

With the Thrashers positioned in eighth spot in the East, two points ahead of the Hurricanes, GM Rick Dudley is looking to make at least one deal before the Feb. 28 trade deadline that will improve his lineup.

The Thrashers are in the market for a top-six forward and a second-pairing defenseman. It's believed New Jersey Devils veteran Jason Arnott could be an option for Atlanta, if he is willing to waive his no-movement clause. He is making $4.5 million this season, but his cap hit to any team that acquires him would be based on his remaining salary at the date of a trade.

Arnott, who can also play the right wing, has expressed his desire to play for a playoff contender, but he has not publicly stated which teams he would accept a trade to.

The Thrashers are also reportedly eyeing the likes of Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kris Versteeg, Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly, and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jim Vandermeer.

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