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.
Andrew MacDonald will not play tonight in Chicago.
MacDonald won't be able to play after all. Following two successful seasons with the Isles, the Judique, Nova Scotia native has struggled with only one goal and a minus-9 rating. Expect Dylan Reese to take his place.
Andrew MacDonald (hip surgery) also not skating at practice, more on his status to come.
Doesn't sound like a short-term injury for MacDonald. Last season he registered four goals and 27 points last season while missing 22 games, playing mostly on the top defensive pairing. With Mark Streit's return, look for him to round out the top-6 when healthy.