MacArthur (neck) appeared to be over his injury woes heading in to 2017-18, but he failed his medical Thursday.
MacArthur has a well-documented history of concussions, which have limited him to just four regular season games in each of the last two campaigns. When MacArthur suffered the neck injury in the 2017 postseason, the team said it was not concussion-related, but there's a possibility that there were further effects as time progressed. Ottawa hasn't given any information as to MacArthur's timeline for recovery, but the team should release additional updates as they become available.
MacArthur's battle with concussions has been well documented, but it was never clear if his neck injury from May was directly linked to that serious condition. The Alberta native managed to appear in all 19 playoff contests this past season, but it's worth noting that he has played in all 82 regular-season games just once over his 11-year NHL career; he remains quite the dice roll in fantasy leagues comprised of light rosters.
MacArthur was playing with an ongoing neck injury, Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia reports.
It is unclear if MacArthur's neck injury is related to the concussions that kept him out for all but the final four games of the regular season. The winger was crucial to the Senators' postseason run as he racked up three goals and six helpers during the playoffs. General manager Pierre Dorion didn't seem overly concerned about this ailment's long-term impact, so look for the 32-year-old to be ready for a full 82-game season next year.
MacArthur scored a second-period goal during Friday's Game 4 loss to Pittsburgh.
With Ottawa down 3-0, MacArthur scored an important goal to keep the Senators within striking distance in Game 4. The final score was 3-2, and the comeback fell short, but it wasn't a cakewalk for the Penguins. While this was just the third goal of the playoffs for MacArthur, he's registered six points and 13 shots through his past six games. The veteran winger is playing well for Ottawa and is worth considering in daily contests while moving the offensive needle.