The Philadelphia Flyers have solidified their backend.
The team announced on Tuesday morning they have re-signed defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a “multi-year contract extension.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed but those close to the situation say the deal is for six years worth $30 million.
MacDonald was acquired on March 4th from the New York Islanders to come in and bolster the Flyers blue line. His pairing with Luke Schenn immediately improved Schenn’s play. MacDonald, who turns 28 in September, led all NHL players in blocked shots with 242 while contributing on the offensive end scoring four goals and added 28 assists for 32 in 82 games split between New York and Philadelphia.
The defenseman also eats up a ton of minutes. He was averaging 25:25 worth of ice time in New York but saw that drop to 22:00 minutes in Philadelphia. Down the stretch the Flyers started using him more and more as he logged 28:49 TOI against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.