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Isles not talking extension with Andrew MacDonald

Nov 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald is one of the team’s quietest top players. He’s also a guy who will need a new contract once this season is through and considering his current deal is worth $550,000 against the salary cap, he’s due for a big raise.

According to Arthur Staple of New York Newsday, however, MacDonald and the Isles haven’t started talking about a new contract yet. This season, he’s been a workhorse for the Isles with a goal and five assists as well as the highest average time on ice per game on the team (26:46). He’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent over the summer.

Getting an extension worked out shouldn’t be too tricky. The Isles have a lot of salary cap space already, and with the cap set to rise next year and beyond, they’ll have even more room to work with. MacDonald is going to get a significant raise, the only question is if he wants to test the free agent waters to see if he can really break the bank.

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  1. georgejarkko - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I really couldn’t blame anybody on the Islanders for exploring free agency. Hopefully their upcoming move to Brooklyn makes staying more attractive. Or winning. That usually helps too.

    • islesjb - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      you honestly have no idea what you are talking about- once players get to LI they want to stay. that’s why they have numerous players who have bought into the system, stayed for discounted deals and made real commitments to the organization. Even the players that were opposed to coming originally- Nabby and Lubo.

      • georgejarkko - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        you honestly have very poor reading comprehension – I merely said I “couldn’t blame anybody… for exploring free agency.”

        I didn’t say everyone already is or will.

        there’s a pretty distinct difference. maybe you should ease up on the caffeine or whatever has your blood pressure jacked up to 11.

  2. wmsshapiro - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I feel that he is what you can call a two-way defensemen has great stick(Long Stick) work and has a powerful shot when he’s in the offense end. I wouldn’t give him up he’s a bargain at today’s prices. Come on Islanders sign him for 3 years you know he’s good and he deserves that “A” on his jersey.
    Answer one question who would get if you traded him?

  3. 19to77 - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    So many teams would bid for this guy if he made it to free agency. The Avs, Leafs, Flyers, Oilers and Wings come to mind. Isles would be wise to sign him well before the trade deadline.

  4. gettingpwned - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    to be fair, he hasn’t had a great year so far. especially in his own end from the games i’ve been able to see this year. then again, not many on the team have.

  5. c9castine - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    i don’t think he’s that impressive personally. Hamonic is the hardest D-man to play against on that team.

    I’m sure hell go to some losing team and make 5 million a year for 15 points and a -5 rating on a yearly basis.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Being a Flyers fan I see a lot of MacDonald and I don’t think there’s any argument that he’s the best bargain in the NHL. Some say Hamonic or Visnovsky are the top guys but MacD does it all. If he hit the open market at 27 I could easily see him getting a Matt Carle-type contract. He doesn’t have the pure offensive skill but he’s far, far better defensively. And very rarely do defenders in their prime reach FA anymore, so the price inflates even more. If Snow is serious about building a serious Cup contender then this guy should be priority #1 (aside from acquiring someone like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller). Obviously I’m a huge MacDonald fan and I’d love to see him in orange and black. He really reminds me of a younger, more offensively gifted Andrew Ference.

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