Over the next couple of weeks we will have a new feature on Die by the Blade. WE will take a look at the players that will be free agents as of July 1. The restricted free agents will be first and the unrestricted will follow.
- Patrick Kaleta (RFA) - Read Post
- Clarke MacArthur (RFA)
- Andrej Sekera (RFA)
- Drew Stafford (RFA)
- Max Afinogenov (UFA)
- Dominic Moore (UFA)
- Andrew Peters (UFA)
- Jaro Spacek (UFA)
- Mikael Tellqvist (UFA) - signed with Ak-Bars in KHL.
#41 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
Apr 06, 1985
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MacArthur quietly had a really nice season with the Sabres. When the season began nobody was sure that the C-Mac would even be in the lineup. A couple of injuries popped up and he took advantage of his chance. C-Mac was sixth on the Sabres with 17 goals this season. Only Thomas Vanek (40), Derek Roy (28), Jason Pominville (20), Drew Stafford (20) and Tim Connolly (18) had more goals than MacArthur this season.
MacArthur has finally become and offensive player in the NHL. Since he joined the Sabres everyone could see his amazing potential and this season he finally started to play more like that player.
MacArthur is at his best in the offensive zone and specifically near the net. If he continues to improve the way he has in the past couple of seasons, C-Mac could become an everyday top six forward and become a 30 goal scorer.
As is the case with many young hockey players, MacArthur struggles with consistency. At times he seems unstoppable and he brings a high level of intensity but at other times he is nearly invisible. Some young players have no problem with consistency but others seem to struggle with it and MacArthur is one of those players.
MacArthur seems to be at his best when he plays a little bit more physical but he will need to get bigger and stronger to play that way every night. He also needs to become more involved in the defensive end of the game, especially with Lindy Ruff as the coach.
MacArthur is too talented for the Sabres to let him walk away via free agency. There is some potential for im to get an offer sheet after July 1 so the Sabres would be smart to lock him up before that.
His 17 goals were sixth on the team despite him spending penty of time in the Lindy Ruff dog house. If C-Mac plays an entire season he has the potential to be a top six forward.
The Sabres will make a strong effort to sign him. I believe he will be a member of the Buffalo Sabres next season.