Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/27/14
The New York Islanders are likely to be an active team in the days leading up to the March 5 trade deadline, and one player expected to be dealt is veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald. According to Chris Botta of The New York Times, the Isles are looking to acquire a first-round pick in return for MacDonald. Isles, justly, insisting on 1st rounder for A MacDonald. Low $550K salary a plus to contenders needing D. Lots of interest.— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) February 26, 2014 It’s no surprise Islanders general manager Garth Snow wants a first-round pick in exchange for his 27-year-old d-man. Snow owes a first-rounder (in 2014 or 2015) to the Buffalo Sabres as part of the Thomas Vanek trade earlier in the season, and as one of the better defensemen rumored to be available, MacDonald might be enough to get New York another top-30 selection. At just $550,000, MacDonald is a low-cost addition for a contending team in need of depth on the blue line. He’s not physical enough to be a top-pairing defenseman on a championship-caliber roster, but the 27-year-old would be a good fit on several teams as a third-pairing player capable of logging 20-plus minutes per game and providing scoring from the blue line. MacDonald has tallied 24 points (four goals, 20 assists) in 60 games this season. He’s an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and is seeking $5 million per year in his next contract, per Newsday.Filed under: New York Islanders, NHL, NHL Trade Deadline, Nicholas Goss, Top Stories

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