The Flyers announced Tuesday morning they have signed defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a six-year, $30 million contract extension with a cap hit of $5 over the length of the deal. It is certainly an increase over his $550,000 cap hit this season. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.
Before you freak out, the salary cap is going up next year so the Flyers get some space.
MacDonald, 27, has no goals and four assists since being acquired from the New York Islanders on March 4th. He scored four goals and had 20 assists in 63 games for the Islanders prior to the trade. The NHL-leader in blocked shots is averaging 22:00 minutes of ice time per night but has only been under 23:00 TOI in two of the last eight games.
MacDonald has been a solid addition to the blue line for the Flyers and has greatly improved the play of Luke Schenn in the process.
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