That’s a raise: Flyers sign MacDonald to six-year, $30 million extension


After spending the last few seasons as one of the NHL’s biggest bargains, Andrew MacDonald has cashed in.

Big time.

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.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.