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Report: Isles seek first-rounder in MacDonald trade talks

Feb 26, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders are asking for a first-round draft pick in trade talks for defenseman Andrew MacDonald, according to the New York Times’ Chris Botta.

Botta reports that there is a “lot of interest” in the pending free agent, but passes along word that such demands are too rich for the Boston Bruins’ tastes. They might bite on a lesser deal, though.

Simply put, the Bruins aren’t interested in dealing their first-rounder or a top prospect for MacDonald.

… It’s more likely that a group of B’s prospects including Alex Khokhlachev, Jordan Caron and David Warsofsky are in play during trade discussions, and Boston would be willing to talk trade with other picks aside from their first.

Specific to MacDonald, there’s also a concern that the Islanders defenseman isn’t much more than a fifth defenseman on a Cup-caliber team like the Bruins, and that he doesn’t play much bigger than his 6-foot, 180-pound frame.

MacDonald, 27, might be sold as a player you can save on now and then spend on later (if he fits in well during a potential audition).

MacDonald is one of the best bargains in the league right now, as he’s logging a ton of minutes (26:33 average) and generated a solid 24 points in 60 games played while carrying just a $550K salary.

Of course, those savings won’t last, as he’s on the trading block because he reportedly rejected a four-year, $16 million extension offer from the Islanders.

Whether it comes to an extension or a trade (or both), it sounds like it will be a matter of finding the right price for the underrated defenseman.

  1. slaugin - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Bruins don’t need another Puck moving DMan. They need a big body with a heavy shoulder

  2. rlecchino - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Snow is drinking koolaid. Amac is a horror show on D. A third line Dman tops. Weak on the puck and offensively challenged.

    • 19inarow - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      You’re correct regarding MacDonald, but incorrect regarding Snow. While there are still GMs out there, like Holmgren and Sather, who hand out ridiculous contracts, it’s Garth Snow’s job (and the GM of your favorite team) to take advantage of them.

      • richc111 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        Like he took advantage of the Sabres in the Vanek trade. Snow should not have a job. I got him as a bottom 5 GM in the league

      • flyboystransport - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        What contract did holmgren give out????? I keep hearing this with no substance

  3. mnwildfan15 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Give ya a 1st, Heatley, brodizak, and scandella for Mac and Vanek

    • bcisleman - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      NO ONE is going to take Heatley in trade for anything. If the Wild want Vanek, Zucker or Kuemper need to be coming back along w/ some high picks.

    • tuberippin - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:44 AM

      Not unless you cryogenically froze the 2005 version of Dany Heatley.

  4. mnwildfan15 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Give ya a 1st, Heatley, brodizak, and scandella for Mac and Vanek

  5. jimw81 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    lets see if holmgren is stupid enough to do it.

    • kastout11 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      I can see Homer trying to work out a deal. The guy loves trades. A lot of people compain about their GM’s not trying to better their team, that cannot be said about Homer. He it always trying to better the Flyers. Some trades work, some don’t.

  6. tdrusher225 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Please don’t let the Bruins trade for Macdonald. Giving up a first rounder for this guy not worth it, nor is it going to put that team over the top. If they’re looking for a top 4 defenseman they should definitely look elsewhere.

  7. djshnooks - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    Someone, like the Sabres for example, could take on Heatley to give Minnesota caproom for whoever they bring in.

    Then Heatley would be bought out in July.

  8. lilroot9 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:10 AM

    Heatly is in last year of deal.

  9. flyboystransport - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Mcdonald isnt going to the flyers….not an upgrade. He’s a slower version of matt carle meaning if you forecheck him he turns the puck over and is an ok defender.

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