Morning Hits: Stars, Malone and MacArthur

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  • Mark Stepneski of Stars Inside Edge: Stars owner Tom Gaglardi on their blueline.

    “I think if you look at our team you’d say our defense – everybody seems to say it and you read about it – is that our defense needs to get stronger, but it’s not a position you can easily strengthen,” he said. “And if you look at what we have in terms of prospects it is going to get better just by itself. We’ve got four guys in Texas that are knocking on the door and are going to push guys to be better and are going to want to play at the NHL level. So, we are in great shape.

    “I read things that Dallas needs a No. 1 defenseman, but there are only eight of those guys in the entire NHL and they are never traded. We’ve done a good job, we’ve set ourselves up for the future with our prospects. I think you saw that the way [Trevor] Daley and [Alex] Goligoski played in the second half of the season, I think for people to criticize our defense is flat wrong.”

  • Joe Smith: Former Lightning winger Ryan Malone pled no contest to his DUI charge yesterday morning. He will do a pre-trial intervention program for his drug charge. The cocaine possession drug charge will be dismissed after the intervention program.
  • Ottawa Senators: The Senators have signed forward Clarke MacArthur to a five year contract extension worth $23.25 million. Salary breakdown: $4.5 million, $4.5 million, $4.75 million, $4.75 million, and $4.75 million.


  1. Leaf_Fan

    August 20, 2014 at 9:35 am

    hahaha, Clarke MacArthur for 5 years…

    thats funny, hes such garbage

  2. Matt

    August 20, 2014 at 10:41 am

    For how Clarke played last season and how he plays when used properly, he is well worth that contract. Can look around the league and see other players with similiar cap hits and it looks very good for both Clarke and the sens. The guy worked hard on the ice and helped the younger guys off the ice while playing pp and pk and strong defensively. Will he regress a little? Sure he will, but going through his career stats the guy is consistently a ~20 goal scorer with 45-50 points. Very good for for the sens right now.

  3. SnowIsGarbage

    August 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

    That is such bullshit that they drop the coke charges on Malone because he’s not fighting the DUI. Just another slap on the wrist for a celebrity.

  4. ChrisB

    August 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I’m not too thrilled with 5 years, either,which takes him to 35 y/o, but after stringing together a bunch of short term contracts(1-1-1-2-2 years) I think term was a big factor for him. The cap hit is pretty much market value for him.

    He’ll most likely be playing on the top line with Turris and Ryan, so his overall offense shouldn’t dip too much. He does score in bunches, though, he really needs to focus game to game. The rest of his game is actually pretty good. Surprisingly(at least for me) gritty considering his size.

  5. Fknv

    August 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    SnowIsGarbage, it is bullshit. Guy sucks dick anyway, he’s pissing time away on coke so fuck him, career over. I wouldn’t say he’s a celebrity though. Also Snow is garbage. Man he sucks at GM