Clarke MacArthur Signs Two-Year Contract Extension With Toronto Maple Leafs

July 5th, 2011 No Comments

Just hours away from having to go to salary arbitration for the second straight summer, Clarke MacArthur signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

MacArthur’s signing solidifies the Maple Leafs second unit which includes Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and the aforementioned MacArthur.

MacArthur had a career high 62 points (21 goals) last season, as did Grabovski and Kulemin who had 58 points (29 goals) and 57 points (30 goals), respectively.

The trio of misfits were one of the NHL’s most effective second units, combining for a total of 80 goals, 177 points and a plus/minus rating of plus-18.

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said all along that he would not overpay for a player he deemed had only put together one good season. That said, with time ticking away and few options available via free agency, MacArthur’s deal looks to be fair market value.

In the end losing MacArthur would have been a huge risk for the Maple Leafs. MacArthur’s totals were valuable to the Blue and White, as was his leadership, compete level and the chemistry he earned with Grabovski and Kulemin.

It’s not often three players have career years playing with each other; Burke can only hope the trio can duplicate that trick in 2011-12.

With Toronto’s first line (which is looking like it will be Tim Connolly, Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul) finally starting to take shape MacArthur and Company may see a reduction in icetime, that said, as long as they continue to give 110% as they did a year ago they should have no trouble contributing on a nightly basis.

It’s a good signing for both sides and, when you consider the less than stellar list of talent left on the free agent market, the Maple Leafs are lucky to have MacArthur back in the fold.

Until next time,

Peace!

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