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MacArthur on his Toronto return

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

Sens forward Clarke MacArthur will make his return to Toronto and the Air Canada Centre tonight when he takes on his former team, the Maple Leafs. MacArthur scored in his lone pre-season game with the Sens to this point in a 4-2 victory over the Flames.

Here's what he had to say about tonight's game...

On if he anticipates a game like Toronto's Sunday match:

Who knows, it's always that one play that kind of dictates what happens in a game. We'll see how it goes, hopefully we'll play a little hockey tonight.

On working with Turris and the second line:

It's just part of the pre-season here, we just want to try and keep getting better. I felt kind of sluggish that first game but hopefully tonight I'll find another gear and keep getting better.

On assimilating in the Ottawa room:

Good I think. As far as coming in here and being welcomed it has been great that way and, finding a good fit, I feel like that's in the making. You just don't know what line you're going to be with — things change all the time so you just want to do what you can in the position you're in and go from there.

On any differences in this camp from past camps:

No, we've done a lot of skating, a lot of structural play and stuff that's getting that grey area out of the game for everybody. It has been good that way for every body, you can touch all bases moving forward as we've been going through camp so it's good.

On the heavy workload this week:

You can only practice so much, you need to get into the game situations where you're really battling against guys so it'll be good. We've got three in a row like you said and, you know, we'll take it from there.

On if player returns are actually special:

It can be. It's different for different people. Like you said, there is a ton of movement nowadays. You don't see many guys sticking it out with one team like Philly or Neiler, it just doesn't happen any more. I don't know if it's the money or how the cap is set up. It's a lot more special for guys like Pominvilles and those guys who have been in Buffalo for a long time and coming back it's different for them I think.

On if the Toronto/Buffalo game (his former teams) was a surprise:

They've got some bad blood going there now. I mean, it's tough because I've been on the ice with guys where one of your teammates gets knocked out like that or hits his head and instantly you go into defence mode. That's what Scott was doing. He probably shouldn't have went after Phil like he did, but that's kind of the play of the game that starts all of that stuff. It happens.

On taking a leadership role:

I want to help out but they've got great leaders here already, which is nice. Good teams have that good core already with Neiler and Philly and Spezz, those kind of guys. Joe (Corvo) has been around a long time and Andy. It's an easier group to come into, it seems like an older core group here. I want to help out wherever I can.

Here's MacArthur's scrum courtesy of Sens TV:

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