Nov 5, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald (47) skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Rumors: Is Andrew MacDonald The Answer On Defense?

The New York Islanders are out of the playoff race and will be looking sell at the deadline. One of the players the Islanders could end up selling is defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

Andrew MacDonald is a left-handed, twenty-seven year-old defenseman in the last year of a $550,000 contract and has played almost two hundred more minutes than any other defenseman on Islanders.

While MacDonald does not help the Red Wings deficiency of right-handed defenseman, he would provide a boost in defensive support to the team. If Ken Holland is looking to win games two to one for the rest of the season, then MacDonald might be the guy to help them do that.

According to one of Ansar Khan’s sources:

A source said they also have interest in defenseman Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders, who leads the NHL in blocked shots.

The problem with MacDonald is would be a rental and is looking to cash in big during free agency. In February, he turned down a four-year contract worth sixteen million dollars with the New York Islanders and is looking for a contract closer to five years and twenty-five million dollars.

Five million dollars per season is too much for a purely defensive defenseman and the Red Wings would most likely have to offer the Islanders their first round pick, a prospect, and a current NHLer to make the deal work.

The Red Wings have not had a lot of success at the trade deadline since picking up Brad Stuart in 2008, but they cannot let past failures keep them from making future deals.

If the Red Wings can bring down the Islanders asking price for MacDonald and add a provision with the draft pick in case he does not sign with the Red Wings after the season is over, then I believe it would be a smart move for the Wings.

Andrew MacDonald would help the team defensively and he has been known to surprise players with his offensive potential, but he will probably cost too much and the Red Wings would prefer not to bring in a rental.

[UPDATE] – Andrew MacDonald was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Matt Mangene, 2014 third-rounder,  and 2015 second-rounder.

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