MacArthur gets paid

It was just over a year ago when the Atlanta Thrashers walked away from an arbitrator’s $2.4 million ruling on Clarke MacArthur, which would eventually allow the Toronto Maple Leafs to snare the then 25-year old forward at a very reasonable rate. MacArthur delivered the goods, on both sides of the puck, to the tune of the $1.1 million he played for in 2010-11 – which Brian Burke and the Leafs rewarded him for on Tuesday with a two-year $6.5 million contract.

The Leafs avoided arbitration by reaching an agreement with MacArthur just prior to Tuesday’s deadline. The club also re-signed centre Tyler Bozak to a two-year $1.95 million deal.

What’s got us excited over the MacArthur deal is the assurance of at least two more years of Joe Bowen pronouncing his name as “MaGarthur”.

Jackets sign Methot to four-year deal

The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Marc Methot to a four-year $12 million deal on Tuesday. The 26-year old appeared in 74 games last season with the Jackets. Methot on the deal, via The Columbus Dispatch:

“This is where I want to be and where I want to play. I’m comfortable here. I’m excited about where this team is headed, and I really wanted to make sure I was a part of that. I’ve made a lot of friends in Columbus, even outside of the hockey world.”

Logan Couture interview

Our good friend and HOTH contributor John Matisz talks off-season and what’s ahead with Sharks’ forward Logan Couture over at The Good Point.

Bruins acquire Corvo, tattoo battle ensues

Joe Corvo is the newest member of the Boston Bruins after the club acquired him from Carolina for a fourth round draft pick. Days of Y’Orr asks the question that’s been on everyone’s mind since the deal went down: who’s got the better ink between Corvo and Andrew Ference?

The Ottawa Senators are the punchiest of punchers

Bryan Murray must have a thing for tough guys as he’s elected to bring noted pugilist and faceoff man Zenon Kenopka into the fold in Ottawa. Kenopka joins Matt Carkner, Francis Lessard, Chris Neil and Zack Smith as the Senators apparently plan on punching their way to the post-season.

NHL Drinking Tubes [not a bong]

Puck Daddy takes a look at some officially licensed NHL Drinking Tube Beverage Towers, assuring us that they’re not bongs – although I’m pretty sure I know a couple people that could fashion one into a bong.

Finally, Ryan Smyth has come back to Edmonton

Cut him open, he probably ‘bleeds blue’.

For Smyth…