NHL Trade Rumors: The Toronto Maple Leafs Must Re-sign Clarke MacArthur

February 26th, 2011 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The clock is ticking on pending restricted free agent Clarke MacArthur and his future with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

If MacArthur is not signed to a new long-term contract by Monday’s trade deadline, he is likely to be moved.

Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke must not only evaluate the value of MacArthur—who leads the team in scoring with 46 points in 61 games—but also the value of keeping Toronto’s second unit of MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin in place.

Chemistry is a very powerful thing in hockey.

Grabovski, Kulemin and MacArthur had never met fan expectations before this season. Now, together, all three players have surpassed the expectations of both the fans and the organization, a fact which leads one to believe that Burke would be foolish to break up the hard-working, skillful trio.

The issue for Burke is trying to quantify what MacArthur is worth. From my seat, a two- or three-year deal in the $3 million range would seem to be on point, but with a new agent in tow (Don Meehan) MacArthur may be looking to cash in big-time.

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