Thrashers forward Clarke MacArthur will likely become an unrestricted free agent in the next day or two. MacArthur filed for arbitration and his hearing is set for tomorrow. However, don’t be surprised if the Thrashers walk away from what will be an award of more than $2 million a season. I’m hearing they will most likely walk, making MacArthur an UFA.
With that being the case, the arbitrator could rule as early as today – before there is a hearing.
The Thrashers made a qualifying offer to MacArthur, who was a restricted free agent, in June. Since then, the Thrashers made several moves, including the trade for Andrew Ladd.
A $2 million award would figure to be more money than the Thrashers are willing to pay for a third-line player on their revamped roster.
I’m also hearing that the Thrashers will likely avoid arbitration with Ben Eager, who has a hearing date set for Aug. 3. That deal could be announced in the next several days.
Ladd has an arbitration hearing set for July 29. As of now, it looks like that hearing will take place.