Another one of the expected names on the trade market was dealt on Tuesday, the day before the trade deadline craziness, as the New York Islanders shipped defenseman Andrew MacDonald to the Philadelphia Flyers, with a 3rd rounder in 2014 and a 2nd rounder in 2015 going back the other way. MacDonald was on the market after declining a contract extension from the Islanders, which would have seen him avoid unrestricted free agency in the Summer.
For the most part, I believe that MacDonald went through the off-season under the radar of a lot of poolies, but the Islanders were very quick to work with him and give him some quality time on the ice.
Heading into Tuesday night's action, MacDonald had 4 goals and 20 assists in 63 games for the Islanders, making him into a very reasonable blueliner, both in terms of the NHL and in hockey pool production. Before the games started on Tuesday, he was ranked 275th in pool scoring, which so far, has turned into a bit of a bargain.
The Flyers have desired some help on the back end and in MacDonald, it may be a less-heralded move, but if they are able to re-sign a steady guy like MacDonald, this may have some lasting long-term effects on this team.
In two trade blogs within the confines of the draft, John is now 2-for-2, in terms of the players that are dealt to those who are on his team. If he was not sitting in a basement position, these deals would have such a greater impact and we (and by we, I mean me) can feel bad that it hasn't worked for him, that these deals haven't made his team into a viable option for a prize destinatioin.