Islanders’ MacDonald on block after rejecting $16M offer
The offer was there, it was rejected, and now Andrew MacDonald has to start contemplating life in the NHL with a team other than the Islanders.
About a month and a half ago, the top-four defenseman turned down a four-year contract worth $16 million, The Post has learned. So now, as the Olympic roster freeze approaches on Friday at 3 p.m., and the March 5 trade deadline nears, Islanders general manager Garth Snow is set to deal MacDonald to the highest bidder.
MacDonald and his agent had previously asked for a four- or five-year deal at around $5 million per, and even got the Islanders to come up from their original starting price of $3.5 million per. With the salary cap set to rise this summer from $64.3 million to $71.1 million, it’s possible MacDonald could get the money he wants on the open market.
Yet, by not coming to a compromise now, the pending unrestricted free agent has left himself as one of the league’s most coveted defenseman at trade time.