Flyers Acquire Andrew MacDonald From Islanders
The Philadelphia Flyers have made their first move of the trade deadline.
The Flyers acquired Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders for a pair of draft picks and an AHL player. The picks are a 2014 third round pick and a 2015 second-rounder to go with minor leaguer Matt Mangene.
MacDonald, 27, has logged a lot of ice time for the Islanders so far this season. In 63 games, he's averaged 25 minutes, 25 seconds.
On the scoresheet, MacDonald has four goals and 20 assists. He also leads the NHL in blocked shots, which is partly due to how much the Islanders are on the defensive.
MacDonald is reunited with current Flyers defenseman Mark Streit. MacDonald could possibly be paired with Streit, and the move will likely set up Andrej Meszaros being traded and/or Hal Gill being waived.
MacDonald holds a cap hit of $550,000 and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
To make room on the roster, the Flyers loaned winger Michael Raffl to the Phantoms for the day. At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the rosters expand and Raffl will be brought back.