Re: NYI - Andrew MacDonald
posted at 2/7/2014 12:02 PM EST
In response to shuperman's comment:
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
In response to days-of-Orr's comment:
let's not get carried away here with MacDonald, he plays on the Islanders whose d-corps will never be confused with that of the Habs teams of the seventies....
i'd prefer a bigger more physical d-man capable of clearing the front of the net and leave it up to Tuukka to block the shots....
The struggles of the Islanders don't tell you much of anything about MacDonald. In fact, I think he's managed to play pretty well with an awful lot of youth around him, which should actually increase his value. Hamonic is probably the next best guy and has been injured. MacDonald can't be blamed for the rotation of AHL d-man he shares the ice with.
Seidenberg was good at clearing out the front, but so are Chara and McQuaid. Seidenberg was a top-4 defensmen with a pretty balanced skill set. If you really want to replace him and a make a run at the Cup, you might look at other top-4 d-men. I think the Bruins lost to Chicago because of the speed and skill of the Hawk forwards, not the inability to be physical enough in the crease. They need a guy who can keep up.
So, I think MacDonald would be a pretty good piece for this team. A needed piece. That said, if the price is crazy, they need to look elsewhere.
I don't mind shupe's Trevor Daley suggestion...as plan B...
Fletch macdonald turned down 16m over 4. Isles have turned down a substantial offer for him. Hoping the market will rise. Why not go hard after daley, knowing hes signed at a great rate for a top 4. I wanna make him plan A. Reason is obvious, we throw a lot at the nyi and are left holding our jock at seasons end. Bart, prospect and a 2nd. I may sell high on krug and offer krug and a 3rd. Next yrs def. chara/boychuk seidz/dougie daley/mcq
i don't think macdonald's contract discussions with the islanders necessarily should give us a lot to infer about his contract wishes etc. There are an awful lot of NHL players that would strongly desire to get to unrestricted free agency simple to get off the island. Personally I think the islanders should be an attractive destination for free agents, but they haven't got the message yet that this team is headed in the right direction.
I don't think Vanek thinks he is getting more than 7/50, I think he wants to go elsewhere.