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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed forward Clarke MacArthur to a two-year, $6.5 million contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
The new deal forces an annual salary cap hit of $3.25 million on the Maple Leafs.
MacArthur played in all 82 games for the Maple Leafs last season. In what was career year for the 26-year-old, MacArthur finished fourth on the team in goals (21), first in assists (41), and second in points (62).
In 290 career regular season games split between the Buffalo Sabres, Atlanta Thrashers and the Leafs, MacArthur has 65 goals and 85 assists for 150 points.
Fan reaction to this signing has been mixed, with some saying that the Leafs overpaid. However, that all depends on whether or not MacArthur will produce as many goals and points as he did last season. If he does, the Leafs get a solid second line player at a cheap price. If he doesn’t, the team won’t have to worry about long-term effects as far as the salary cap goes, because at two years, the term is short.
With MacArthur locked up for the next two seasons, the Leafs have what should be a relatively strong group of top-six forwards as long as Tim Connolly can remain healthy. Throw a recovered Matthew Lombardi into that group, and you can expect the Maple Leafs to have at least two thirty-goal scorers for a second straight season.