If you are a fan of the NHL you most likely love this time of year. It brings the hope of a deep playoff run, or the promise of a rebuild. This season the New York Islanders are among the worst in the NHL, and it seems they are open for business.
There have been a few reports that Detroit may be looking to straighten their defense. One player whose name has come up is Andrew MacDonald. In a report found on the Detroit Red Wings page of SB Nation there is a quote from a source.”A source said they also have interest in defenseman Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders, who leads the NHL in blocked shots. He is certain to be dealt as a rental; he’s in the last year of a deal earning just $550,000.”
MacDonald is as cheap as they come. His cap number is only $550,000, but he is in the last year of his contract. That makes him the perfect rental player. MacDonald has played some big minutes on the Island. Over the past five games MacDonald has averaged 22.738 minutes of ice time per game. That’s fairly high ice time for a former sixth round pick who is a minus 16 on this season.
If the Detroit Red Wings want MacDonald he can be had, but the rumored asking price of a first round pick may need to be met. I think a realistic trade would be MacDonald for a high second round and maybe a prospect. Detroit could use the back-end help, so they may be willing to roll the dice here and drop their first round pick. It would seem that pick would be some wear in the middle of round one.
MacDonald is not bringing much playoff experience to the table having only been in four playoff games, so there must be another reason to want him. The New York Islanders web site has MacDonald listed as 6’1″ and 190 pounds. If he plays true to size you could expect a little physical help in the corners and in front of the net, and what team doesn’t want that?