It was announced Tuesday afternoon that the Ottawa Senators have signed Clarke MacArthur to a 5 year, $23.25 million contract extension. The yearly average works out to be $4.65 million and, MacArthur will make $4.5 million in the first two years of the deal and $4.75 million in the last three years.
Clarke MacArthur had a career year during his first season with the Senators. He was fourth on the team in scoring with 24 goals and 31 assists. MacArthur was one of Ottawa’s bright spots last year, in a season that saw the Senators take a major step back. Clarke MacArthur will look to take the chemistry that was formed with Kyle Turris and continue to build on the great success going into the upcoming season.
The Ottawa Senators got a great deal with Clarke MacArthur once again, who deserved a much needed raise from the contract he is currently signed too. It is possible that MacArthur would have fetched north of $5 million dollars on the open market. It is fair to say that both parties will walk away from this deal satisfied.
With a major piece looked up long-term, the Ottawa Senators can look towards signing Bobby Ryan, Marc Methot and Craig Anderson who are set to become unrestricted free-agents after the 2014-2015 season. The signing of MacArthur gives some stability to the franchise, it also shows everyone that the Senators are committed to keeping key pieces of the team around for the long haul.
It will be interesting to watch what the team can get done going into training camp.