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Murray updates on MacArthur, Methot and Wikstrand

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators General Manager Bryan Murray provided some updates to the media after practice on Tuesday regarding Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot's health along with the current status of prospect Mikael Wikstrand.

Update on Clarke MacArthur:

He does have a concussion. We are going to take our time with him. The carryover from last year is obviously a big factor and we have to be fair to Clarke and to our team and that we allow him to have some time to hopefully fully recover and get back in to the line-up only when he's healthy.

Update on Marc Methot:

When we first talked to him after the game it looked like it was flu symptoms and that's all it was but as we went further in the last day or so realized that he does have a concussion. He skated today and worked out off the ice as well. He'll practice with the team tomorrow we hope and be tested on Thursday morning. He could be available as early as Saturday. That's the hope right now.

On when Methot sustained the concussion:

He started to feel funny and that's why we thought it was just sickness. Strange things happen in a game and at some point he got bumped in the head. We did pull him out so there's nothing else we could do other than wait and see what the symptoms were.

On recalling a forward to fill MacArthur's spot:

Right now, Shane Prince is there and he should get a chance to play but for depth I guess as we go forward here at some point we'll have to call up another forward.

On MarArthur's recent injury history:

Clarke was great until that incident with Robin Lehner last year and then he head the bump really just in training camp with Fraser. This one seemed to be fairly innocent but the after effects are greater than we thought they would be.

On contact with Mikael Wikstrand's camp:

They talked to us on the weekend and asked if he could play in Sweden and I said no. I got a text from Mikael yesterday afternoon, that I haven't answered him yet but I will today, that he'd like to stay home. I can't keep him from staying home but he can't play hockey and he wants to play over there. We have to take a stand here at this time. If it changes later on...it changes later on.

On the illness to Wikstrand's family member:

Supposedly his brother is sick and he'd like to be closer to home but I think the team he hopes to play for would be 3 hours away...we're about 8 hours away by airplane so I don't think there's that big of a difference but I do understand if there is an illness. The point being that he made a commitment to play here. We signed him to a contract and paid him accordingly and we're asking him to honour that contract at this point in time.

Sens TV had a few other updates following the news regarding MacArthur and Methot and you can watch them here...

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