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Clarke MacArthur Helped Off The Ice After A Possible Blindsided Hit

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

After missing most of last year with post-concussion syndrome, the Senators forward had to be helped off the ice by his teammates after taking a huge hit from blueliner Patrick Sieloff during a training-camp scrimmage on Sunday morning.

MacArthur was down in the corner and was unable to leave without assistance from his teammates. Given his history with concussions, there are concerns about his career. This wasn’t a good sign and MacArthur didn’t return to the scrimmage.

It appeared to be a blindside, ugly hit by Sieloff, a defenceman.

So upset was Senators winger Bobby Ryan with Sieloff, who was acquired from the Calgary Flames in the deal for Alex Chiasson this summer, they dropped the gloves near centre.

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Picture of MacArthur being helped off the ice is below...

added 12:32pm, video of the hit is below too....

 

 

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Senators report MacArthur has a concussion, more evaluation tomorrow.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/25/16 at 11:56 AM ET

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From what I read elsewhere, later several other players tried to go after Sieloff and they had to send him to the locker room just to get guys to calm down.

I’ll be curious what happens long-term.  Ryan going after him is one thing.  That other guys then still were later trying to get him doesn’t bode well for his future with the team.

I’ll say this though, and it might not be popular:  as ugly as he hit is, why is MacArthur still playing, if he’s that big a risk?  Answer:  he shouldn’t be.  That’s not to excuse Sieloff, however at some point MacArthur is responsible as well.  He plays a contact sport.  This would be no different than Franzen still trying to play.  Everyone knows it’s just a matter of time…

Posted by Primis on 09/25/16 at 12:43 PM ET

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why is MacArthur still playing, if he’s that big a risk?  Answer:  he shouldn’t be.

This was my first thought too. It may not be smart to be throwing heavy hits in training camp but, at the same time, this guy is out with the first hard hit he takes? I don’t think he should have been playing.

I was seeing articles today talking about what a blow this was to the Senators, because they were counting on him to do a lot this year. That’s a lot of pressure being put on him. The default position on anyone coming off a major concussion should be that their comeback is doubtful at best. If a team is actually counting on such a player staying healthy and being a major contributor, then I’d say the team is making some very sketchy decisions.

Posted by Jamespqr on 09/25/16 at 01:27 PM ET

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Even after all of Franzen’s major concussions - the ones we know about, the ones where he missed significant time, including the last big one that happened in January ‘15 against Edmonton, some supposed specialist cleared him to try and resume playing last Fall. As we know, Mule lasted two games before it was clear he couldn’t play without symptoms. I’m awfully glad Mule didn’t have to get hit in the head again to walk away.

Seems like as long as a guy wants to keep trying, there are still, even now, experts to be found who are willing to error in the direction of saying “yes”.

I haven’t followed MacArthur’s history of concussions, but the last one was obviously a really bad one.

Re: Sieloff - and regardless of what Ottawa’s coaches are going to say to try and calm things down -
I cannot believe he wouldn’t be responsible for knowing a) which line he was on the ice against,
or, b) at least knowing not to take a run at MacArthur, who after all was just getting up to speed after
missing a season. Sure MacArthur would have to be aware and able to protect himself if he he hoped to
make it through this season. But in a intra-team scrimmage? All of the talk about how important MacArthur is and how badly he’s been missed and the new guy can’t remember not to…maybe end his career?
And seriously: even if it was somehow impossible to tell: he’s going to blindside and risk concussing a new teammate.

Might be the only time in my life I write: good for Chris Neil…(and Bobby Ryan)

Posted by Lefty30 on 09/26/16 at 07:55 AM ET

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