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Bryan Murray on Clarke MacArthur

Wednesday, 20.08.2014 / 10:30 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Bryan Murray on Clarke MacArthur

Senators GM Bryan Murray held a conference call on Tuesday to discuss the club agreeing to terms with Clarke MacArthur on a five-year contract extension. Here's what he had to say...

On signing MacArthur:

We have a number of guys we're trying to do and Clarke appears to be one of the first. Obviously he played well, he's a real complement to our line with Kyle Turris last year and I think the big thing with him is he's such a character guy, he wanted to be in Ottawa. We had worked on this for a little while but at the end of the day Clarke's desire to be here and our happiness with his performance was a big reason to give him the term we did.

On if the length of the deal is necessary in the current market:

I don't know if there's a reason to do it other than if you like a player. He's an unrestricted free agent. I hear the comments and some people would question it, but as hockey people we think this is the kind of character we want in our room, the kind of player we have and it's obviously a commitment by Mr. Melnyk and the organization to lock up as many of our best players as we can. Guys we feel we can grow the organization with. Obviously Clarke, as I said, coming in last year and playing the way he did, but just as importantly to me, the character he brought to the room and the commitment he wanted to make. I guess that's the road today, the good players are getting this and if you want to keep them you have to do it.

On if there is room for MacArthur to grow:

I think he's going to be a little better player but obviously we're quite happy with what he did. If he's in that 20-25 goal range on a somewhat consistent basis and a real complement to those young players he'll end up playing at some point with them. He and Kyle Turris seem to fit like a glove but whoever plays on the right side will really benefit from playing with Clarke and Kyle. To me it really solidifies a good pair that will make our team be a consistent contender.

On the status of Bobby Ryan's contract:

I think all of these players that are going into their last year around the League, some of them will sign early because of the situation and the contract they're getting. Other people will wait a little bit. We've talked to Bobby at length through his agents. I believe it will take until he comes to Ottawa for training camp to continue the discussions. He's one of the next guys we're definitely going to try to keep here.

On if MacArthur will take a greater leadership role this year:

I don't know if he'll necessarily have a letter on his sweater but he behaves like a captain, he behaves like a core member in his first year in Ottawa. I really think that if you have five or six guys in your room that you consider core players, Clarke would fit in that category for sure.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49