The Flyers have placed defenseman Andrew MacDonald on waivers.
MacDonald is owed $25.75M over the next five years and if he clears waivers and is sent to the AHL, he will represent over $4M in dead cap space. After a breakout 2013-14 season, MacDonald has struggled since being traded and re-signing with the Flyers—he has just two goals and 14 assists (16 points) in 77 games with Philly.
MacDonald served as a healthy scratch on Thursday, but with Nicklas Grossmann out with an upper-body injury, MacDonald was paired with Mark Streit in practice on Friday. Expect him to skate there tomorrow if Grossmann is out.
MacDonald missed the last month with a lower-body injury. He will be back in the lineup tonight with Michael Del Zotto coming out. MacDonald will likely be paired with Luke Schenn, who is also returning tonight. He has one goal and two assists in seven games this season.
MacDonald was on the ice for the morning skate but still won’t be in the lineup tonight vs. the Rangers. He has been out since October 22nd, but is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. the Wild.
MacDonald (lower-body) will be back in the next 10 days.
MacDonald was expected to start skating on his own on Tuesday, but he still was not back on the ice on Wednesday. MacDonald may have suffered a setback, but GM Ron Hextall noted today that they’ll have MacDonald back in the blue line in 10 days or so. He has been sidelined since October 22nd.
MacDonald will miss four weeks with a lower-body injury.
MacDonald must have suffered the injury on Wednesday vs. the Penguins, but he played 21:25 so that is not for sure. This a a tough break for the Flyers, who found out Braydon Coburn will miss an additional four weeks as well. The Flyers do not have an extra defenseman on the roster at this time, so expect a call-up this afternoon.
The Flyers have signed Andrew MacDonald to a six-year, $30 million contract.
MacDonald was acquired by the Flyers around this year's trade deadline on March 4 from the NY Islanders, and since joining the team, has four assists in 19 games and recorded over 20 minutes of ice-time in 14 of those games, including a Flyers-high of 28:49 at Pittsburgh on April 12. The 6-1, 190-pound defenseman led all NHL players in blocked shots this season with 242 and was one of three players in the NHL with over 200 blocks. He finished the season with four goals and 24 assists for 28 points in 82 games between the Islanders and Flyers.
MacDonald will make his Flyers debut on Wednesday.
MacDonald who was acquired from the Islanders on Tuesday, will start his Flyers career with Luke Schenn as his D-partner. MacDonald will also play on the Flyers second power-play unit on the point with former Isles teammate Mark Streit. MacDonald had four goals and 20 assists in 63 games on Long Island.
The Islanders have traded Andrew MacDonald to the Flyers for a 2014 3rd round-pick, a 2015 2nd round-pick and AHLer Matt Mangene.
MacDonald was probably the most sought-after defensemen at the deadline. He is in the last year of a deal that only carries a $550,000 cap-hit. MacDonald leads the NHL in blocked shots with 198, which is 28 more than the next highest (Josh Gorges 170). At 25:05 he is eighth in the NHL in TOI per game and sees time on both the Islanders power-play and shorthanded units. The deal gives the Flyers nine NHL defensemen, so expect another move out of the Flyers camp before Wednesday's 3 pm EST deadline.