Ottawa Senators: Clarke MacArthur Has Failed His Medical

OTTAWA, ON - MAY 17: Clarke MacArthur
OTTAWA, ON - MAY 17: Clarke MacArthur /

As the Ottawa Senators players arrive for training camp they go through the normal beginning of the season routine. This includes passing a medical exam by the team doctor. Unfortunately, Clarke MacArthur has failed his medical and is now a huge question mark for the Ottawa Senators.

MacArthur had just recently returned after missing nearly the entirety of two full seasons because of concussions. He was concussed just four games in to the 2015-1016 season. He was then set to return for 2016-2017 but was concussed at training camp by a teammate. At the time it seemed as if his career was over. However, to the surprise of many MacArthur made a return just before the start of the playoffs. During the playoffs he contributed three goals and nine points while playing all 19 games for the Ottawa Senators. This included the game and series winning goal in overtime of game six against the Boston Bruins in round one.

Now, with MacArthur failing his medical for training camp his career is once again a question mark. Although it isn’t confirmed what his injury is, the rumour is that it may to be to his neck. This could also mean that his concussion symptoms have returned. If this is the case than it seem likely that MacArthur has played his last game in the NHL. At the age of 32 it may not be worth it for him to risk hurting his quality of life for a few more years as a pro.

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Opportunity For The Kids

With MacArthur potentially out for the beginning of the season if not much longer, there is an opening in the Sens top six. This will mean that a young player will get a chance to step up and prove they deserve a spot. Colin White has been poised to make the NHL for the whole summer and with an extra spot opening up he has no excuses if he doesn’t deliver. White very well may start among the Ottawa Senators top six this season. If he does, he could deliver a Calder worthy performance.