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What is Clarke MacArthur Really Worth?

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The General has elected to head to arbitration with the Buffalo Sabres.  When a player heads to arbitration, they need to be able to compare themselves to a group of players that they feel they compare to performance wise.  Where exactly does MacArthur fit into then?


Clarke MacArthur

#41 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres

5-11

191

Apr 06, 1985



G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Clarke MacArthur 17 14 31 -4 56


Clarke MacArthur has career stats of 28 goals and 53 points in 127 games.  Last season, he had 17 goals and 31 points.  Close to him on the scoring list for left wingers is Dallas' Fabian Brunnstrom.  Brunnstrom is the same age as MacArthur and scored 17 goals and 12 points in 55 games this season, his first.  Brunnstrom is set to make $875,000 next year with a cap hit of $2,225,000.  


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Fabian Brunnstrom 17 12 29 -8 8

 

Other comparables include Matt Cooke scored 13 goals and 18 assists last season and has a career average of 9 goals/season and 22 points/season.  He is set to make $1,200,000 before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.  Ville Peltonen had 12 goals and 19 assists last season and is a unrestricted free agent this season, he made $1,200,000 last season.


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Matt Cooke 13 18 31 0 101


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Ville Peltonen 12 19 31 6 31


This information all sets the stage for where an arbitrator can set the deal for MacArthur.  Looking at the surrounding players, a deal that settles around $1-1.2 million per year should be agreeable for both parties.  

The next question is whether the Sabres can afford that kind of contract.  With roughly $47 million tied up into 15 players, MacArthur's million dollar contract should be small enough to fit into the lineup.  The Sabres have eight forwards under contract at the moment and still have to offer Drew Stafford as well.  Both Stafford and MacArthur should see the same type of contract with the only change coming in the length of the contract.