Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Armed with Five-Year Contract, MacArthur Looks Forward to Winning in Ottawa

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Armed with Five-Year Contract, MacArthur Looks Forward to Winning in Ottawa

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MacArthur happy to help build Senators

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OTTAWA - Armed with a five-year contract extension and a nice raise, Clarke MacArthur is looking forward to helping the Ottawa Senators return to the playoffs and bounce back from last year's disappointing finish.

MacArthur agreed to terms on a the longest deal of his career Tuesday afternoon. The new contract will pay the 29-year-old winger an average of US$4.65 million per season through the 2019-20 campaign, with a $4.5 million salary in each of the first two years of the deal and $4.75 million in the final three years.

In previous contract negotiations, MacArthur had never signed anything longer that a two-year deal with the exception of his three-year entry-level contract.

He is entering the final year of the two-year, $6.5-million deal he signed with Ottawa before last season, and the Senators made it clear from the end of the season that their preference was to re-sign him.

"We kind of talked about it at my year end meeting with (general manager) Bryan (Murray)," MacArthur said Wednesday on a conference call. "He asked me if Ottawa was something I enjoyed and if I would be willing to do (an extension) and I said yes. And as far as the negotiations went it was on and off for a couple weeks going through years and term and stuff like that and I couldn't be happier to get it out of the way before camp."

Murray told reporters Tuesday that when you like a player you don't waste any time locking him up.

"As hockey people, we think it's the kind of character we want in our room, and there's been a clear commitment by (owner Eugene Melnyk) to lock up our best players," Murray said.

The Senators are also working on extensions with winger Bobby Ryan, defenceman Marc Methot and goaltender Craig Anderson. Murray said the team has held discussions with Ryan through his agent.

MacArthur quickly found chemistry with Kyle Turris and Ryan last season, and the trio proved to be Ottawa's most efficient and productive line. MacArthur joked that he would now work on encouraging Ryan to sign an extension to keep the trio together.

While Ryan was often shuffled around, the chemistry between Turris and MacArthur was clear. …

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