Another member of the New York Islanders has inked a lockout deal overseas — this time, it’s defenseman Andrew MacDonald, signing with Czech Extraliga outfit HC Energie Karlovy Vary.
The move reunites MacDonald with former Isles teammate Dustin Kohn. The two manned New York’s blueline together during the 2009-10 season before Kohn left North America in 2011.
MacDonald, 26, appeared in a career-high 75 games with the Islanders last season. Originally a sixth-round pick in 2006, he made his mark with the club during 2010-11, when he led all New York defensemen in scoring (4GG-23A-27PTS) despite appearing in just 60 games.
One of the NHL’s best bargains, McDonald still has two seasons remaining on the four-year, $2.2 million deal signed with the Isles in 2010.
He’ll bolster a Karlovy team that’s light on NHL talent and currently sitting 10th in the 14-team league.