MacArthur is believed to have underwent a baseline test Friday to determine the next step in his recovery process from post-concussion syndrome, but the Senators haven't provided any confirmation on that matter, nor have they outlined a rehab plan for the winger. He hasn't appeared in a game since Oct. 14, 2015 and likely still remains at least another week away from a return, even if he's able to resume practicing in the next few days.
Coach Guy Boucher indicated Saturday that MacArthur (concussion) could be in line for a late January or early February return to the lineup, the Ottawa Sun reports.
MacArthur has been sidelined for all of this season and most of last season due to separate concussions, but the veteran appears to finally have a timetable for a potential return. The winger's status should be updated again as he draws closer to rejoining the lineup, which will be preceded by an activation off injured reserve.
MacArthur is still completely confident he will play this season. The winger will have multiple chances in early January if he passes his concussion tests, as the Sens have a four-game home stand beginning Jan. 7. While his return isn't guaranteed, the 31-year-old could be a decent stash if he's able to return to full health and step back into the lineup. Ottawa would welcome back his scoring mindset, although it should be expected that MacArthur will be eased back into action once he's ready.
Coach Guy Boucher relayed Sunday that MacArthur (concussion) is still targeting an early-January return to the lineup,
MacArthur hasn't played in a regular-season game since early last season, playing in four games before an earlier concussion cost him the remainder of the campaign. He's now on track to rejoin the lineup, but likely has an increased risk of suffering more concussions that could again sideline him for an extended period of time. Given his extended time off, it's tough to know how effective he will be when healthy, but the veteran does have a track record of success at the top level. The team should update MacArthur's status further as he begins closing in on a return to the ice.
MacArthur's situation is a bit shaky, given that he missed nearly the entirety of last season due to a concussion and suffered another one during training camp on a hit by teammate Patrick Sieloff. It appears he's finally closing in on a return to the ice for the first time since early last season, but given the severity of the last two, he may be prone to another. When healthy, the veteran winger has been relatively productive for the