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MacArthur not retiring after latest concussion, will travel with Senators but won’t play

Senators coach Guy Boucher said it would be good for Clarke MacArthur to be around teammates as he fights through yet another concussion.

Clarke MacArthur’s career isn’t over, but it is on hold after he suffered a concussion during Senators’ training camp, his fourth in less than two years.

MacArthur met with media Friday and, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, the 31-year-old said his career is going to continue and that he’s working to get back into the lineup as soon as he can.

The news that MacArthur won’t be hanging up his skates comes little more than a week after Senators GM Pierre Dorion announced that MacArthur would be meeting with a concussion specialist to talk about his future.

The hit that concussed MacArthur came during a Senators scrimmage during training camp when defenseman Patrick Sieloff crunched MacArthur into the boards from behind. MacArthur needed to be helped off the ice after the hit and was sent home by the team. After the scrimmage, Dorion announced MacArthur, who had missed all but four games of the 2015-16 campaign due to a concussion, was again dealing with a concussion and that the team was “heartbroken” about the situation.

That MacArthur is continuing his career is a relief, and comes a day after the veteran winger got back on the ice for what appeared to be the first time since he suffered the concussion. Coach Guy Boucher was hesitant to talk about MacArthur’s progress, but admitted that MacArthur has been back on the ice.

“The news is positive, but it’s extremely early in a long-term process,” Boucher said, according to the Ottawa Citizen’s Ken Warren. “Right now, we’re just happy for him that he feels good.”

And it sounds as though MacArthur is actually feeling well enough that he could be hitting the road with the Senators when they make the trip to Western Canada for a three-game set against the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. 

Boucher wouldn’t confirm that MacArthur would indeed make the trip — the Senators bench boss said it wasn’t “100 percent decided” — but it would be a way to keep him with the team and around the game during his latest concussion battle. Boucher did say for certain that MacArthur would not be suiting up on the trip, though.

MacArthur is currently in the second season of a five-year, $23.25-million contract that he signed with the Senators in August 2014. The four games he played to start the 2015-16 season are the only games he has played under his current deal, but he has registered 40 goals and 91 points in 145 games with the Senators.

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