Senators forward Clarke MacArthur off to slow start

Ottawa Senators forward Clarke McArthur lines up for a drill during practice at the Sensplex Friday...

Ottawa Senators forward Clarke McArthur lines up for a drill during practice at the Sensplex Friday October 18, 2013. (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 PM ET

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.


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