The New York Islanders traded defenseman Andrew MacDonald to the Philadelphia Flyers for a pair of draft picks and center Matt Mangene.
MacDonald was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Islanders reportedly offered the 27-year-old defenseman a four-year, $16 million contract in February but MacDonald indicated he would prefer to test the market.
In return, the Islanders will receive a third-round draft choice from the Flyers in 2014 and a second-round pick in 2015. They also acquired 24-year-old center Matt Mangene who is native of Manorville, New York. In 51 games with the Flyers’ AHL farm team, Mangene has three goals and six points.
MacDonald was considered one of the Islanders better young defensemen. He had an inconsistent season this year, especially early in the campaign when he was asked to play extra minutes due to injury. In 63 games, MacDonald has four goals and 24 points. He has a minus-19 plus/minus rating.
When Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait were both out of the lineup, MacDonald was asked to play 26-30 minutes-per game. That proved to be too much for him, especially in his own zone. The Judique, Nova Scotia, native plays a more consistent game when he plays 22-24 minutes-per contest.
Considering MacDonald was prepared to leave Long Island for nothing, general manager Garth Snow got a decent return for the young defenseman.