Health re­mains MacArthur’s top pri­or­ity

Ottawa Sun - - SPORTS - — Ken War­ren

It came as no great sur­prise, but Sen­a­tors gen­eral man­ager Pierre Do­rion said Tues­day it was un­likely that Clarke MacArthur would re­turn to the Na­tional Hockey League team.

MacArthur, who has a his­tory of con­cus­sion prob­lems, failed his med­i­cal exam be­fore train­ing camp in Septem­ber.

“Health and fam­ily is more im­por­tant than hockey,” Do­rion said in a ra­dio in­ter­view with TSN 1200.

MacArthur, who en­dured at least four con­cus­sions dur­ing an 18-month span in 2015 and 2016, made an in­spired re­turn to the Sen­a­tors lineup in the fi­nal week of the 201617 reg­u­lar sea­son. He also scored three goals and six as­sists in 19 play­off games, in­clud­ing the se­ries-clinch­ing over­time goal against the Bos­ton Bru­ins in the open­ing round.

MacArthur, 32, has three years and $13.95 mil­lion re­main­ing on his con­tract with the Sen­a­tors.

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