NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Andrew MacDonald’s pursuit of a huge payday is now someone else’s problem.
The Islanders traded the 27-year-old defenseman to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second round pick in the 2015 draft, a third rounder in the 2014 and prospect Matt Mangene, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s some mixed emotions now,” a relieved MacDonald told Newsday up in Winnipeg, where he was supposed to suit up for the Islanders on Tuesday night.
MacDonald, who spent all six of his NHL seasons with the Islanders, turned down a four-year, $16 million contract extension during the season, forcing general manager Garth Snow to deal him prior to the March 5 trade deadline to avoid losing him for nothing in free agency.
It is believed MacDonald is seeking a new deal in excess of $5 million per season, a figure the Isles had no intention of going near.
MacDonald had 24 points, including 20 assists, and was a minus-19 for the Islanders this season.
Mangene, 24, is a native Long Islander and product of University of Maine. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound center had six points in 51 games for Adirondack of the AHL this season.
The Islanders were also looking to move forward Thomas Vanek prior to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
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