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.