The Ottawa Senators have signed veteran forward Clarke MacArthur to a five-year extension worth $23.25 million, the club announced Tuesday. MacArthur is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, his first with the Senators, and had just one year left on his current contract. His new deal will come with a $4.65 million annual cap hit.
After the Toronto Maple Leafs let MacArthur walk as a free agent last offseason, he signed a two-year deal with the Senators worth the identical amount of his previous contract with the Leafs. This is one player Toronto is bound to be sorry to have let get away.
MacArthur put up 55 points last season to finish fourth on the Senators. His 24 goals were second most on the team. He also put up sound possession numbers with a Corsi for percentage of 53.9%.
Even with the extension, MacArthur remains an affordable player who makes a sizable impact on the team. His raise works out to about $1.4 million more per season compared to his current deal, which is more than fair considering he has produced at least 20 goals over the last three seasons, aside from the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Additionally, re-signing MacArthur brings some stability to the Senators after back-to-back summers of losing franchise stars Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza. It also may make the Senators more attractive for extension candidate Bobby Ryan to stick around.
With MacArthur, Ryan and Kyle Turris, the Sens have a solid veteran trio at forward to help lead this team with what could be some challenging seasons ahead.
The Sens are also extending MacArthur while he is seemingly in the midst of his prime at age 29. After some middling production his first few years in the league, MacArthur has posted 180 points in 274 games over the last four seasons.
MacArthur has 268 career points in 482 career NHL games, which also included stints with the Buffalo Sabres and Atlanta Thrashers.