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Clarke MacArthur Signs 5-Year Deal with Senators

After wondering all summer long what the Senators would do with the 2015 UFA class, the Senators locked up the first piece of the puzzle, signing Clarke MacArthur to a five year deal today

Rich Lam

After holding a press conference to discuss the team's significant charitable contributions to the Ottawa area this morning, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk went on the radio to announce an important hockey move:

MacArthur's first season in the capital was a successful one. Pairing with Kyle Turris, MacArthur had a significant impact in Ottawa: playing on the first line and reaching the 20 goal plateau (24 goals, 55 points) for the third time in his career. The dollar breakdown is as follows:

While MacArthur will get a raise on the $3.25M he'll make this season, based on his output in 2013-2014 and the underlying metrics, he's worth it. With an AAV salary of $4.65M, MacArthur's salary for the final year of his current deal (ends in 2015) and the five seasons after that is fairly economical for a top-six forward. In addition, it keeps a successful unit (Turris-MacArthur) together for the foreseeable future, provides some stability going forward, and locks up a piece of Ottawa's new leadership group.