Despite being a key acquisition this summer, the arrival of Clarke MacArthur has been overshadowed for the most part after the trade that brought Bobby Ryan to town took place. MacArthur has been a very proficient player over his past three seasons in Toronto — 125 points since 2010 — despite alternating between a checking and scoring role.
MacArthur covered a wide range of topics in his first official scrum as a member of the Senators during today's fitness testing.
Here's what he had to say...
On getting to Ottawa:
We moved in last week and I was able to skate with the team for the whole week and get to know everyone. I'm all settled in and feeling good.
On the Bobby Ryan attention after he signed:
That's okay... there's a lot of excitement obviously with getting Bobby Ryan here. He's established, he's been a top goal scorer and for good reason there's lots of talk about him. As for me, I want to come in here and do the job I know I can do. Be good in both ends and contribute offensively and do the things that have helped me in the past.
On the reaction at Dion Phaneuf's wedding when he signed in Ottawa:
Yeah they weren't too happy with me there at the time. I mean, everyone was happy to see me get a job and do what I did, but at the same time you have a lot of friends on that side and this is a sport where when you make the trade the friendships continue in the summer time. We'll put it that way. We have to play hard against each other... We had pretty much the whole team out there so guys were like 'Oh congrats... but you went to Ottawa?' so it was one of those things.
On the Toronto side of the Battle of Ontario:
Always a thought that this (Ottawa) was a really quick team. To do what they did last year with the injuries they had was remarkable. You have top-end goaltending here and they're a team that's a playoff hockey team. You saw what they did last year going to the second round with a young team like that, it was definitely an exciting day for me to sign here and become a part of this team.
On his role in Ottawa:
I'd like to play on the 5-on-3 and in the shootout (laughs)... We'll see, obviously an offensive role, that's probably my strength to my game and I want to get back to doing what I did a couple of years ago and being more consistent scoring and trying to figure out that part of the game. That's probably where they'll see me here.
On coming from a big market:
It reminds me a bit from when I was in Buffalo here. It's not a crazy media scene but it's enough that it's obviously an important thing in town and dealing with the media in Toronto, the media is great there but it's a high volume of people and things can get crazy there I guess. It's definitely nice coming out of that kind of a market and into a more stable sized one.
On if there was any hesitation to come to Ottawa:
I had a lot of good memories of Toronto, I got along with all the guys there. We had a good go to get to the playoffs there from when I first got there we were in kind of a rebuild mode to making the playoffs and obviously a horrific way to lose out of the playoffs. For me to come here it was something where I thought I'd be able to fit in here with this kind of a team and the speed and the way they play the game so that was kind of a lot of what I put in to it. I thought this would be a good fit.
On lessons from Toronto's game 7 loss:
Play until the buzzer, I guess. We stopped playing with 10 minutes left in that game and your biggest nightmares come true. It was a hard thing to handle and, you know, a good learning experience but a painful one too.
On if Toronto will get over it:
I hope not (laughs)... I'm sure in Toronto that'll be remembered for a long time. It's one of those things, it's a tough thing to be a part of but at the same time you have to learn from it.
On if he'll bounce back in a top-six role:
I hope so. Obviously with Kyle (Turris), just playing with him last week, seeing what he does out there and playing against him, he's obviously a very gifted offensive player. He sees the ice really well. Those are things I've picked up on. He's a great skater. Those skillsets, I like to use my speed wide and try and create some space for him. With Cory (Conacher) he's obviously a gritty little player and goes hard to the net and gets rewarded that way. If that's the line combination I'm excited for that. Obviously we'll have to see how things fit in together here, though.
Here's MacArthur's full availability courtesy of Sens TV:
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