Friday, January 20, 2017

Clarke MacArthur Autographed Card

Sad news today, as it was learned that Ottawa Senators power forward Clarke MacArthur was shut down for the entire season because of a concussion suffered during the preseason, his fourth in 19 months.

A veteran who has suited up for four different NHL teams - he'd been a Buffalo Sabres draft pick (74th overall), was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs when the Thrashers declined to accept his arbitration salary - he had found his niche in Ottawa as a 25-goal, 55-point second-liner who wasn't afraid to throw his 195 pounds around to make room for himself in the offensive zone.

This doesn't bode well for the remainder of his career, but I wish him the best - and a complete recovery. We'll see about his career later, but he won't have to worry about his future, with three more seasons after this one in which he will receive $4.75M apiece (and account for $4.65M on the salary cap).

Here he is wearing the Sens' red (home) uniform, on card #14 from Panini's 2013-14 Titanium set, the first regular-issue card from that set I ever got signed:
It's a beautiful silver foil card that he signed in blue sharpie that he signed during the 2014-15 playoffs, which the Sens lost to my hometown Montréal Canadiens.

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