Former Tiger Clarke MacArthur fails medical with Senators
OTTAWA Clarke MacArthur’s future with the Ottawa Senators — and perhaps even as a pro hockey player — is once again in doubt after the veteran forward failed his medical on the first day of training camp.
After missing much of the last two seasons due to concussion issues, MacArthur appeared to have turned a corner last spring when he returned in the final week of the regular season and played well during Ottawa’s run to the Eastern Conference final.
But questions about his future lingered as he admitted to dealing with some discomfort in his neck.
There were few details available Thursday with general manager Pierre Dorion unable to confirm whether or not MacArthur had failed the test based on his past concussions.
“Right now we don’t know much, but he won’t be part of camp,” he said. “He was disappointed, but at the same time he looked in great shape, he trained all summer. I don’t have much on this.”
MacArthur worked hard to return last season, said Dorion.
“I think we have to think about the person first here,” said Dorion. “I think we always have an obligation as an organization.”