MacArthur Accepts Salary Arbitration
MacArthur just finished his first full season with the Sabres, but with no numbers to gasp at. He finished the year with 17 goals & 14 assists in 71 games (Side note: he only missed three games the entire year, due to injury). Over at Die By The Blade, this blogger has calculated MacArthur's worth to be in the $1-2 million range based on other players with similar season stats.
Assuming blogging calculations aren't good enough for Tom Golisano to write a check out to, the Sabres & MacArthur will now have a hearing with a neutral third party to decide what salary he'll receive. Once the hearing makes it's decision, the team will have 48 hours to either accept the deal or release MacArthur as an unrestricted free agent. Our guess is Clarke will be back on the bench next season... but Lord only knows what sort of difference that will make.
"I'm going to come into camp this year working for a spot on the team," Myers said. "I'm going to do everything I can on and off the ice. It's been a good workout summer for me so far, and I'm just going to do the best I can. Whatever they decide for me, I'll accept."
Miller is one of three names on the short list for Team USA's starting goaltender. His competition will be the Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick and fellow Northeast netminder Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins. Thomas would have to be favorite considering he led the league in Goals Against Avg. (2.10) and Save Percentage (.933%) and he improved those numbers in the postseason (1.85 GAA and a .935 SV%).
[For the record, all circumstances aside ... Miller finished 18th in the league in GAA with 2.53 and 8th in SV% with .918]
If I'm right, that would like mean Ryan would be making his second trip to the Olympics as an alternate. That's if he can beat out 23-year-old Jonathan Quick from Los Angeles. Quick was a third round pick with the Kings who played in 44 games last season and won 21 of them. And here's a fun fact for you ... Quick's first victory in the NHL came against the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 6, 2007. Quick stopped 15 of 17 shots in an 8-2 win in Los Angeles.
Roysie, you might remember, was a legitimate contributor for Team Canada in the recent World Hockey Championships. And odds are, he'll get a chance to help in the Olympics as well. He was invited to Canada’s national men's team orientation camp. 25 forwards were invited in all, including Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Getzlaf and Sidney Crosby.
Perhaps Miller and Roy will get the same lift from playing for their countries that NBA stars D-Wade, Lebron, and Kobe experienced this past year...