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.
In February, reports claimed MacDonald rejected a four-year, $16 million extension offer from the Isles amid correlating reports he was seeking $5 million a year.
Looks like he got what he wanted.
As PHT’s mentioned before, the Florida Panthers stand as a fascinating contrast between youth and experience.
Let’s not kid ourselves, though; fresh faces usually beat out gray beards, at least when it comes to teams that are still trying to build toward contender status.
While it’s by no means official, two Panthers beat writers – the Miami Herald’s George Richards and the Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov – report that the Panthers are likely to pass on Martin Havlat.
It wasn’t just about the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad leading the charge. Other young Panthers (maybe most notably Quinton Howden and Connor Brickley) made the team, thus making Havlat less necessary.
One would assume that it might be tough for the 34-year-old to find work, at least if he insists upon only an NHL deal.
Health issues continue to dog him, but he’s no longer one of those guys who tantalizes with talent when he is healthy enough to play.
Havlat also doesn’t really bring much to the table defensively. While other veterans can kill penalties and show a little more verstaility, Havlat’s greatest selling point is scoring.
Could this be it for a solid career that may nonetheless end with a “What if?” or two?
Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.
The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.
The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:
That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.
Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:
Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.
Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.