If Thomas Vanek choosing not to sign a contract extension made your head spin, the Islanders most recent trade and Andrew MacDonald's rumored extension rejection will add to that. After the Isles lost to the Calgary Flames last night, Garth Snow decided to, ever so generously, give the Chicago Blackhawks a "blue light special".
Although Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard haven’t necessarily been deal breakers on the ice, trading the two for a fourth round draft pick in 2014 doesn't really help the Islanders in any areas that they are struggling at the moment either. Peter Regin has played a total of 44 games this season with 2 goals, 5 assists and a -10 rating. Bouchard has played a total of 28 games this season with 4 goals, 5 assists and a -9 rating.
The numbers aren't great, but are they bad enough to say together they are only worth a fourth round pick? This could also be another message from Snow showing the Isles locker room that at any moment he could be on the phone making a trade, and that trade could be for a measly fourth round draft pick.
Along with the trade comes the rumor of Andrew MacDonald rejecting a 4-year, $16 million contract extension by the New York Islanders. Sources say the Isles offered him $3.5 million a season originally and came up to the rejected $4 million. Sources say MacDonald believes he is worth at least $5 million a season and it doesn’t look like the Islanders will give in. If a deal can't be made with MacDonald, however, the Isles will have to also trade him before the March 5th deadline.