Toronto Maple Leafs: Clarke MacArthur Avoiding the Usual Toronto Curse

January 18th, 2011 by Kaelan Lupton Leave a reply »
The past five or six years have been pretty tough on fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The franchise has had difficulty drafting and managing the team, which has led to a lack of performance on the ice.

One aspect involved with team management is the control of contracts and free agents. It seems that every time Toronto signs a player from the free agent market, the player fails to impress.

A number of players have had their performances decline upon arrival in Toronto. The names of Jason Blake, Francois Beauchemin, Mike Komisarek and Jeff Finger all come to mind when discussing those who fall under this category.

However, there has been a player recently claimed from off of free agency who has not only met his expectations for this season, but exceeded them.

Clarke MacArthur was signed by the Maple Leafs for a measly $1.1 million from the Atlanta Thrashers. This signing came after the Thrashers refused to cough up the $2.4 million owed to MacArthur following arbitration.

MacArthur was expected to join the team as an extra player who could maybe contribute 35-40 points. Factor in that he's joining the squad as a free agent, ...

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