Toronto Maple Leafs: Clarke MacArthur Undoubtedly Deserves a Contract Extension

February 4th, 2011 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
He was signed to a one-year contract by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the offseason, and given the season to show what he was capable of. Some questioned what his role would be on the team and if he really could be effective for the club. 

It was essentially a one-year tryout.

After just 51 games there is no longer any doubt. Clarke MacArthur deserves to get a contract extension. 

It's no secret that he's already far exceeded his previous career high in points, and well on his way to doing so with goals. As a member of the Buffalo Sabres in 2008-09 he recorded 17 goals and 31 points in 71 games. 

This season with the Leafs, in just 51 games he has 16 goals and 42 points. 

He leads the team in points, after coming into the season with second-line expectations at best. He has been, quite simply, the most pleasant surprise over the duration of the season for the team—though a certain 22-year-old goalie is currently taking a run at his spot. 

MacArthur deserves a new contract. There are no questions remaining about his game, no questions about whether he can play at a high level over the ...

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