The NHL trade deadline came and went in the blink of an eye, but just because the trades are done doesn’t mean the deal making is done. Various trades sent players in a contract year to different clubs, leaving those teams asking themselves “what do we do with this guy next?” Newly-acquired defenseman Andrew MacDonald is in that predicament with his new club, the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers were in desperation mode for a guy who could defend the zone and shipped Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a third-round pick. Aside from nabbing the draft selection from Boston, Philly managed to clear up a little over $6 million in cap room at the same time.
The Meszaros move left many fans puzzled, but it was quite clear that once the deal was done it was made in an effort to clear up cap space for somebody. According to multiple reports, MacDonald had been asking for about $5 million over 4-5 years; and according to Philly.com, MacDonald is “open” to signing a deal with Philadelphia at season’s end.
MacDonald, who leads the league in blocked shots, possesses some of the very things Philadelphia has lacked over the course of the past few seasons. At 27 years old, MacDonald is probably going to be a guy Philly brings back.
Between the aging Kimmo Timonen and various prospects making their way to the top of the opportunity list, there are a couple of players on the current roster who could be chopped. It’s really difficult to see Mac being one of them, though.