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Senators sign MacArthur to five-year, $23.25 million extension

Aug 19, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

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Clarke MacArthur left a big impression on the Ottawa Senators in his first season with them and the team is rewarding him handsomely.

The Senators announced they’ve signed the 29-year-old forward to a five-year extension worth $23.25 million. That comes out to a cap hit of $4.65 million per year.

MacArthur joined the Senators last season after spending the three previous campaigns with the Toronto Maple Leafs and turned in a solid offensive year with 24 goals and 55 points. His goal total was second on the team behind Kyle Turris‘ 26. Points-wise he was fourth on the Sens, and now with Jason Spezza off to Dallas, they’ll need him to step his game up a bit to make up for the loss. At least they’ve still got Turris and that Erik Karlsson guy to spearhead the attack.

MacArthur settling into Ottawa will be something a bit new for him after blazing a trail from the Buffalo Sabres to the Atlanta Thrashers and ultimately the Maple Leafs before landing in Ottawa.

Depending on what happens with Bobby Ryan, who can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, MacArthur could have the highest cap hit amongst forwards on the roster next season.

  1. lowenni - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Good player, he does everything right. Little pricey but a good player. For now the cap hit is fine but it might hurt three or four years from now.

  2. canadianguest - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I like it!

  3. withseidelinn - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Solid secondary guy. Can’t be relied on to carry an offence but when surrounded with the right talent and line mates he will produce. Solid two way player as well. A little steep but what can you do in this market.

  4. 19to77 - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Cap’s maybe a bit steep, but he’s a very versatile, all-zone player with good possession numbers and a respectable, if sometimes inconsistent scoring touch. There are a lot of teams in much tighter cap situations that still would have offered him something pretty close to that.

  5. georgejarkko - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    He’s the kind of guy who can always find a new home at the Trade Deadline.

  6. wutangwild - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Agree it might be a little steep, but not outrageous. His shorthanded between the legs pass to Turris vs. the Wild last year was absolutely filthy. Suter played it pretty darn well too

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