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Report: Isles’ MacDonald wants $5M per year

Jan 22, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

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About a week ago, PHT asked how large of a raise New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald might receive with his next deal. That much is still very much in question, but New York Newsday has word on what he wants: $5 million per year.

Understatement: that’s a pretty big jump from $550K per season.

The Islanders are likely aware that the 27-year-old is far more important than a minimum wage guy, but Newsday also reports that there haven’t been any discussions lately between the Islanders and MacDonald’s agent Peter Cooney. The reason for the silence is simple: they’re reportedly uninterested in paying such a price.

As this post also explains, it’s easy to see why the rift exists.

Two differing viewpoints on value

From the Islanders perspective, they’re a budget team brimming with blueliners who could (potentially) fill the void if MacDonald were to leave.

MacDonald isn’t the kind of player who draws a lot of mainstream buzz, but he’s carrying the workload of a player who does.

He averages a team-leading 25:58 minutes per game, a full minute more than Travis Hamonic (who signed a seven-year, $27 million deal, but as a restricted free agent). Only four defensemen average more ice time per game than MacDonald this season: Ryan Suter, Brian Campbell, Erik Karlsson and Shea Weber. The “cheapest” player of that foursome is Karlsson at $6.5 million per season.

MacDonald already has 23 points in 52 games played, putting himself on pace for a healthy 36-point season to go with his heavy defensive responsibilities.

The takeaway is that MacDonald has a strong case for a raise, but he might just need to take that argument elsewhere.

  1. 19to77 - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    There are definitely other teams who would give him that. It would look REALLY bad for Wang and the Isles to lose both him and Vanek essentially due to cheaping out, and right now it looks like a dangerous possibility.

    Also, you say they have a lot of young blueliners, and that’s true, but they really don’t have anyone who can replace him. 26 minutes a night, against top players most of the time? That’s a huge void to fill.

  2. LampyB - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    I bet he stays and Vanek leaves.

  3. kicksave1980 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Whether he gets it or not, you have to set the negotiation number high. No one goes to their boss and asks for a 10 cent raise.

  4. ibieiniid - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    I might see a future Capital here. regardless, this interesting story just got more interesting.

  5. pfhockey - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Pretty fair, I’d say it’d be a bargain if they locked him up for 4.5 mil or less.

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    It would seem to me that the Mark Giordano contract would be good for a comparable here: points are 23 for Mac, 22 for Gio (although Giordano has played 20 less games) plus/minus is -5 for Mac, -2 for Gio and ice time is 25:57 for Mac vs 25:22 for Gio.

    The Giordano was 4 years, 2 left after this year, at $4,020,000 cap hit. Seems like a fair deal.

  7. bcisleman - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    AMac makes a lot of mistakes on D. My guess is that if Lubo and Hammer are back by the deadline, AMac gets dealt.

  8. esvogel - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    As an Isles fan who watches almost every game I have to say I really hope we don’t re-sign him at that rate. Even 4 mill seems a lot. He’s not a top pairing guy and he shouldn’t get top pairing money. His play has seriously deteriorated this year, possibly b/c Capuano seems to lean on him a lot. He probably shouldn’t be on the PP, PK, and top pair. Especially not the PP, but my guess is he’s there in an attempt by management to pad his stats so they can move him at the deadline. On defense, he’s sound, but my nickname for him is Marshmallow McDonald. He’s not physical at all and that hurts him. All this is not to say I don’t like him and appreciate his time in NY, just that I don’t think he’s going to be worth what he signs for.

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