Nobody in the Senators room believes in ghosts Halloween month or any other time. But nobody wanted that damned dressing room stall Daniel Alfredsson sat in at the Kanata castle now known as Canadian Tire Centre either. "When they asked me I said absolutely not" Bobby Ryan recalled Friday afternoon. "A guy that was here for however many seasons and captain for however many seasons I don't think anyone wants to go and fill that void in any kind of way. So when that came up I said I'll go down to the other end (of the room's back bench). "And Clarkie said he would rather be in Storage Room B." "Clarkie" is Clarke MacArthur the ex-Toronto Maple Leaf who rightly or not was held up in comparison to Alfredsson after the greatest player in Ottawa's history felt it necessary to end his reign here last summer. Alfredsson didn't really want to leave. He felt mistreated. He felt he had to move on. Just like MacArthur who has had similar scoring totals to Alfredson over the last three seasons really didn't want to be looked at his replacement after signing here the same day No. 11 bolted to Detroit. And he certainly didn't want to take over the stall reporters have automatically gravitated to like a holy temple after games and practices since the 1990s. But Storage Room B was apparently full of junk. "I'm looking to move" MacArthur joked standing in front of The Stall. "I'm not feeling ghosts but it's a tough spot to sit in that's for sure." Ryan used the word "superstitious" but MacArthur says he's not. "I mean everyone has their little things but I'm not crazy" he explained. MacArthur might start feeling differently if his slump keeps up however. In his eighth NHL season he has never before waited so long to score his first goal.
Senators forward Clarke MacArthur off to slow start with new team
Ottawa Sun | Oct 19