Mark Arcobello became a trivia answer this season when he became the second player in NHL history to record a point with four different teams in one season.
In addition to a brief stint with the Penguins in January and February, Arcobello has also played for the Oilers, Predators and now the Coyotes who claimed him off waivers from the Penguins Feb. 11. Since then, Arcobello has 12 points (seven goals, fives assists). In contrast, he could only muster two assists in 10 games with the Penguins.
In 70 games overall this season, Arcobello has 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists).
Earlier today, after his team's practice at Consol Energy Center, Arcobello, a forward, talked about his bizarre season and his recent success with the Coyotes.
What has worked for you with the Coyotes?
"I think I been getting a pretty good opportunity. Not that I didn't in Pittsburgh but I think it's I've been getting in some other situations I guess. Playing some power play. Playing some pretty good even-strength shifts. I guess it's just a matter of gaining confidence. I gained confidence right away when I went to Arizona. Scored early and I think it just kind of went from there. I think I had a little bit of trouble scoring in Pittsburgh which kind of might have hurt my confidence a little bit. But here, it's been going well."
You've been primarily a second-line center with the Coyotes. With the Penguins, you were all over the lineup. It's probably nice to have a regular spot in the lineup.
"Yeah, it's nice knowing I'll have a pretty good chance of being in the lineup every night. That goes a long way in terms of getting comfortable and finding my game."
Being on a team which isn't going to make the postseason probably provides a greater opportunity to play.
"Obviously, it's nice to be on teams that are high in the standings and have a chance at making a playoff run. But for a guy like me in my situation, I'm trying to establish myself in the league and coming to a team like this, it definitely gives me a lot more opportunity to take more responsibility."
Being able to stay on the same team for more than a month is probably a welcome change.
"Yeah, it's nice after the [trade] deadline knowing that I'd be in one spot for the rest of the year which is good. It's been kind of a crazy year. It's definitely nice. It helps me gain confidence and get more comfortable."
Note: Defenseman Dennis O'Brien (Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Barons, Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins) in 1977-78 is the other player to record points with four teams in a single season
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