A little more than 24 hours prior to the NHL’s trade deadline, the Flyers have already shored up their defense.
The Flyers acquired defenseman Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders on Tuesday afternoon in exchange for a 2014 third round pick, 2015 second round pick and AHL defenseman Matt Mangene. The deal was first reported by Newsday’s Arthur Staple.
MacDonald, 27, was one of the most sought after rental defensemen on the market. He leads the NHL in blocked shots (198), plays an average of nearly 26 minutes per game and has contributed a valuable 24 points from the blue line.
He also has a very manageable salary cap hit of just $550,000. However, this is the final year of his four-year contract. Since the Flyers gave up two high draft picks for his services, they will be expected to re-sign MacDonald at some point prior to him becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He will be due a big raise, though.
According to Newsday, MacDonald turned down a 4-year, $16 million deal earlier this season.