Money and security, Clarke MacArthur says, will not change him.

He will still play the game the right way, he will continue to lead by example, he will again say what needs to be said in the dressing room. In fact, his voice will be a little stronger now that he has one season in Ottawa under his belt and a $23.25 million extension that keeps him under contact until the summer of 2020, and that has to be comforting to coach Paul MacLean.

For when camp starts in four weeks -- and at various times throughout the season -- MacLean will surely utter similar sentiments to those expressed by MacArthur Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.

They are words the Senators will have to adhere to if they are to find success minus a prolific point producer like Jason Spezza.

"When I was in Toronto, I think at the time I had a million dollar contract or something, and I ended up getting two years at $6.5 (from the Senators last summer). That was kind of big money for me at the time, and you kind of feel a little bit of the pressure," began MacArthur, who scored 55 points (including 24 goals) but just as importantly had a plus-12 rating that was second highest on the team, after Kyle Turris' plus-22, in a defensively dreadful season for Ottawa. "Just because I've got a five-year deal, that doesn't mean I need to change a whole lot. I kind of want to play the same game. I want to play good in both ends.

"I feel like if we work hard in our own end, if we check hard, the offensive opportunities just come. Playing with offensive players, things are going to happen. It's more about defending.