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Clarke MacArthur Has Failed His Medical

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It’s not necessarily the end of the road for his career, but it is the end of the road for his training camp

Pittsburgh Penguins v Ottawa Senators - Game Three
None of these guys will be in the opening night lineup
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When the season ended in May and the players cleaned out their lockers, Clarke MacArthur almost casually dropped a bomb shell - his future was in doubt. After coming back from post-concussion syndrome just before the start of the playoffs and putting up some big minutes in the post-season it was a bit of a surprise, but he had been playing with increasing discomfort in his neck since the first round.

Yesterday, Bob McKenzie poured some extra doubt on MacArthur’s status in reference to his interview with Pierre Dorion:

Today, the other shoe dropped with the Senators (and every single local media member that covers the team) announcing that MacArthur has failed his physical today and will not be cleared to participate in training camp.

There were no details available on what issues led to him failing the testing, but it presumably is connected to the neck issues mentioned in May.

Speaking to reporters, Pierre Dorion made it clear that no long term decisions have been made on MacArthur’s future but after missing most of the past two seasons to multiple concussions and now a maybe/maybe-not related neck injury it’s easy to think that this may be the end of the road for his NHL career.

Whatever the cause and whatever his future as an Ottawa Senator ends up being, we wish Clarke MacArthur a full and speedy recovery.