Clarke MacArthur suffered yet another concussion after being hit by Patrick Sieloff during a scrimmage over the weekend, but the veteran Ottawa Senators forward doesn’t plan on retiring.
Last season, the 31-year-old MacArthur played in only four games for the Senators due to concussions. According to the Ottawa Sun, he suffered four concussions in an 18th-month span.
Despite this latest concussion, MacArthur is still, at least publicly, planning to work toward a return to game action, saying in a post on Instagram that he was “encouraged” by how his body has reacted following this most recent incident.
“First off, I want to thank the team and its fans for all the support after the unfortunate incident on Sunday. To me, it was simply a hockey play that ended in a hit causing me to suffer a concussion, a play that could happen at any point,” MacArthur wrote on his social media page.
“We have been encouraged by how my body had reacted in the days since the injury and the team has been great to give me all the time I need to rest and recover. I will continue to consult with doctors and my entire support group, but I felt it important to let everyone know that my intentions are to work towards returning to the ice soon.”
Senators focus on MacArthur’s safety
Update: As many feared, Clarke MacArthur suffered a concussion. The Ottawa Senators announced that he will be “evaluated daily.”
Rough news for the Ottawa Senators on Sunday: forward Clarke MacArthur needed help off the ice following a big hit during a team scrimmage.
The hit was delivered by Patrick Sieloff, prompting an immediate response from Bobby Ryan, according to The Hockey News’ Murray Pam.
MacArthur has been hoping to return to NHL action after some serious concussion issues, so this is a troubling situation. More than a few people wonder if this might end his career.
Update: Here’s a GIF of the hit.
Ottawa Senators head coach Guy Boucher announced that forward Mark Stone has been diagnosed with a concussion.
The team didn’t provide additional details regarding the severity of the injury, merely stating that “his progress will be evaluated daily.” He left a training camp session early on Friday.
At the moment, it’s unclear how or when Stone was injured.
As much as training camps are about fresh starts and optimism (justified or not), they are also times where teams get a chance to look at players for the first time in a while. Sometimes that means encountering or discovering unfortunate news.
Other tough injury/health news
P.K. Subban deals with upper-body injury
Matt Murray is out three-to-six weeks
Tomas Fleischmann’s training camp is already over
Mikael Backlund is going to miss the remainder of the World Cup for Team Sweden after he was on the receiving end of a massive hit from Finland’s Sami Lepisto in a first round game on Tuesday.
On Friday, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said (via Dan Rosen of NHL.com) that Backlund has a concussion as a result of the hit and is currently listed as being “day-to-day.”
The 27-year-old Backlund is coming off of a career year for the Flames that saw him record new career highs in goals (21), assists (26) and points (47) in 82 games.
Backlund appeared in two World Cup games for Sweden and did not record a point. He did not play in Sweden’s thrilling 4-3 overtime loss to Team North America on Wednesday.
Sweden will play in the semifinals on Sunday against Team Europe.
The concussion issues that plagued Mikhail Grabovski throughout last season have gone into this season, too.
Grabovski, who only appeared in 58 games last season, is still dealing with symptoms and, per Newsday, hasn’t been cleared to skate — meaning he’s unable to participate as the Isles open training camp today.
The 32-year-old hasn’t suited up since Mar. 15 of last year, when he returned from a 10-game absence to play 17 minutes in a shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
At the time, the Isles were happy to have Grabovski back in the lineup, but the feeling was fleeting. Immediately after the Pittsburgh game, the club sent Grabovski back to New York for medical evaluation.
He didn’t play another game that year, or in the club’s playoff run.
Despite the injury-plagued campaign, “Grabbo” was reasonably effective in ’15-16. He had nine goals and 25 points while averaging just over 14 minutes per night.
Moving forward, one has to think the Isles are preparing for life without the veteran center. It’s entirely possible Grabovski could open the season on LTIR, which would represent nearly $5 million in cap relief.
The Isles signed Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million a little over two years ago. That contract is set to expire in the summer of 2018.