After spending the last few seasons as one of the NHL’s biggest bargains, Andrew MacDonald has cashed in.
The Flyers defenseman, acquired from the Islanders at the trade deadline, has signed a six-year, $30 million extension with Philadelphia, the club announced on Tuesday. The deal is a monstrous spike from the four-year, $2.2 million contract MacDonald’s currently on — one that carries a paltry $550,000 cap hit.
MacDonald, 27, has been a presence on the Flyers’ back end since coming over from Long Island. He has four points in 19 games while averaging over 22 minutes a night, blocking 44 shots over the 19 games while dishing out 21 hits.
Prior to joining the Flyers, MacDonald had established himself as one of the NHL’s best value players — he logged huge minutes for the Isles (over 25 minutes a night) while leading the team in d-man scoring and blocked shots, also serving as an alternate captain.
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat