MacArthur, Schenn on Leafs’ sign-or-trade list

Given his druthers, Clarke MacArthur would rather remain a Toronto Maple Leaf.

But deciding what to do with the team’s leading scorer, heading into Monday night’s game against the Kings, may well be on top of general manager Brian Burke’s to-do list, followed by re-signing defenceman Luke Schenn and deciding what the trade value truly is for some of his most-sought players including Francois Beauchemin.

MacArthur, 25, could become a restricted free agent in July and the Maple Leafs have to make a call: re-sign him and make him part of the solution, or trade him by the deadline and get an asset in return.

“I don’t know what’s in store for me, but obviously I’d like to stay,” said MacArthur. “I’ve had a lot of fun this year. Winning is something we need to do more of, but I feel like this team could do that in the future. I would love to stay.”

MacArthur, who signed for one year at $1.4 million (all dollars U.S.), has had a breakthrough season on a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. He has put up points consistently this season, while his track record shows a tendency to score in bunches.

“This is the first year where I’ve got to play with the same couple of linemates all year,” said MacArthur. “I’ve really got back to just enjoying playing hockey again. I’ve got to know those guys. Playing with them has done great things for me and made coming to the rink much easier.”

There have been no contract talks between the Leafs and MacArthur’s agent, Tim Hodgson.

“I can’t comment on what expectations might be as far as talks go; that’s something that I’d have to speak to Brian Burke about,” said Hodgson. “I haven’t had any conversations with Brian (about) where they see him fitting in the long term.

“Clarke has developed some chemistry with his two linemates, and he enjoys playing with them and they’ve put together a pretty consistent and reliable season so far. Hopefully they can continue it.”

Assistant GM Dave Nonis wasn’t giving out any secrets after Monday’s morning skate.

“With Clarke, like with any player, you want to make sure they are going to be part of the solution for us: What’s the dollar figure going to be? What’s the term going to look like?” said Nonis. “We haven’t gotten to that point yet.–macarthur-schenn-on-leafs-sign-or-trade-list

57 Responses to MacArthur, Schenn on Leafs’ sign-or-trade list

  1. DannyLeafs says:

    Yeah, I was thinking Beachemin and Bozak as something of a base. Additions could be made without hurting the Leafs too much. Wilson could be in a bit of a panic, a cronic underperforming playoff team that starts missing the playoffs could be the end of his tenure. Pavelski has not been an impact player like they signed him to be, but the fact is he would be a huge upgrade for the Leafs.

    Pavelski makes 4 million per for the next 3 years. Worst case scenario is that Kadri explodes  offensively and demands a big contract 2 years from now, and Pavelski is forced to be an overpaid third if there are now wing positions left. I still think the salary wouldn't be a concern, and his versatility makes him a good player at any position. He can easily shift to wing, or play more of an all around role. He even plays the point on the powerplay if necessary.

    Either way, I think he addresses a lot of needs very quickly, and he has shown a bit of a propensity to being a big game player, which would be a great addition to any team.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:


  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    Not to be an ass but won't kadru exploding be a best case scenerio, I mean I know it has cap ramifications, but still good, no? Plus if we got Pavelski, we could move Kadri to the wing.

  4. DaLeafers says:

    lol @ 4 mil

    When we did get Dominic Moore #2 back in a Leafs jersey?
  5. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    True. They each have strengths. But you didn't pick which is the better overall player. Kulimen is a better overall player as size is an asset and he is much bigger. Without Kulimen on that line neither MacArthur or Grabovski do as well. Kulimen is the work horse who can also score and has talent as well.
    If I had to pick either Kulimen or MacArthur and could keep only one…It's Kulimen and I believe Burke would agree. That's why his contract cannot be much different than Kulimen's.

  6. mojo19 says:

    I think Kulemin is better than MacArthur as well, but that's not the way it works. Look at Grabovski, he got $2.9 million because he scored up around 50 points in his ONE season in the NHL. He never showed that he could do it consistantly…

    I'm just saying people get paid for offense. I think Kulemin's overall game makes him better than Grabo and MacArthur but his agent had no leverage so Burke didn't have to pay top line money, after MacArthur posts over 50 points (maybe over 60) this year, he will get paid up around $3 million, maybe more.

  7. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    That's fair. You are missing a big factor in the Grabo signing. He was signed as the projected number 1 centre at the time. Toronto had limited talent to put around him. He was signed on his potential. MacArthur is most likely never going to be more than a second liner who scores 50-60 pts on average if he plays with talented players. Since his maximum potential is what he is showing…he will need to prove it's not a one year wonder.
    If he gets above $3mil from Burke I will be shocked! Somewhere else maybe, but not here.

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