The Isles began their dump of soon to be Free Agents by sending Defenseman Andrew MacDonald to the Flyers. In return, the Islanders received a 3rd round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, and a 2nd round pick in next year’s draft. They also received a 24 year old Forward named Matt Mangene. Matt is a Manorville boy, so no doubt he is thrilled to be an Islander prospect.
Andrew MacDonald is 27 years old. He was drafted in the 6th round, 160th overall, by the Islanders in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. AMac had a very solid career with the Isles. He is primarily a shot blocking defensman, and actually leads the league in that category with 198.
So, why trade him? Simple answer-money. He simply has priced himself out of the Islanders’ plans. The Islanders and MacDonald were about a million dollars per year and a year in length apart in contract talks. The Isles were not willing to give him $5 million a year over 5 years. So, he is now a Flyer, where he is now reunited with former teammate Mark Streit.
The fact that this season MacDonald had become a defensive liability and turnover machine probably did not help his case. He may be a league leader in blocked shots, but he frequently is caught out of position and that really hurt the Isles who have had major defensive lapses this season.
I know what you’re saying, great 2 more picks. But, fear not. Garth Snow is a master at making moves with his draft picks. Adding a third rounder this year and a second rounder next year certainly cannot hurt.
As for Matt Mangene? I am sure he is a nice kid, but he is an average prospect at best. He is a Long Islander, and was signed as a Free Agent by the Flyers in April of 2012. His 2 year entry level contract expires after this season. He is not likely to see any time on the Island this season unless he really starts to shine in Bridgeport. I don’t expect him to be re-signed.
Stay tuned as the big fish, Thomas Vanek, is still out there waiting to be reeled in.