Flyers, MacDonald want to make extension work

here was nothing impulsive about it. It wasn’t a rushed decision, made as the pressure mounted from seeing little sand left in the hourglass.

Andrew MacDonald was the Flyers’ primary target.

“We believe he’s gonna make our team better,” the Flyers’ general manager said of his new defenseman. “With an eye on the future, we have an interest in keeping Andrew longer term.”

That, however, will cost him far more than the two draft picks it took to put him in a Flyers uniform for at least 20 games. Both sides hope it will be longer.

MacDonald, 27, is in line for his first big payday in the NHL. When he signed a four-year, $2.2 million deal with the New York Islanders, he wasn’t an established player in the league.

Over the past two seasons he’s made a name for himself, mainly by becoming the NHL’s leader in blocked shots. His $550,000 cap hit is the lowest on the Flyers’ roster.

Next year, it could be among the highest if he is re-signed. Both sides seem willing to make that happen.

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