Tim's Twitter Q&A, Part I: MacDonald a good move?

Tim's Twitter Q&A, Part I: MacDonald a good move?
March 9, 2014, 8:00 am
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Andrew MacDonald averaged 25:25 ice time with the Islanders but figures to see a more reasonable number with the Flyers. (USA Today Images)

At the deadline, the Flyers got a tad younger on the back end of the blue line by adding Andrew MacDonald, a mobile defenseman formerly of the Islanders who just happens to be the No. 1 shot-blocker in the NHL.
 
They didn’t get a depth forward, which they really could have used -- someone of the caliber of Matt Moulson, who ended up in Minnesota instead.
 
Yet the biggest thing was that general manager Paul Holmgren didn’t cash in any of his assets -- young players on the current roster -- and lost just one prospect overall in the two deals he did make, the acquisition of MacDonald and trade of Andrej Meszaros to Boston.
 
Holmgren said after Wednesday’s frenzy ended that he still prefers to address restocking his roster during the summer through the NHL Draft and free agency.
 
You saw my thoughts on how the shakeup affected the Metropolitan Division (and in case you missed it, you can read it here).
 
Here’s what you had to say this week on Twitter:
 
Q: MacDonald is a great move, but he must be re-signed. Streit, Schenn, Coburn & Grossmann are only D-men under contract for next season.
-- Scott Richards (@yahmpy)
 
A: I expect that MacDonald will take less money to re-sign here. I don’t see him getting the money he was asking from the Islanders, and I feel his stance was intended to force a trade.
 
Q: Weren't many options on D. Getting rid of Meszaros and adding MacDonald wasn't a major improvement, but an improvement nonetheless.
-- Ethan Szyszko (@E_notso_thin)
 
A: Like we said earlier, it’s an upgrade. MacDonald is not Shea Weber. Then again, who is?
 
Q: (MacDonald is) huge for a playoff run. Shot-blocking is essential and can be a difference. Him and Grossmann will be extremely important.
-- Jesse Larch (@JesseLarch)
 
A: MacDonald and Nick Grossmann represent the first time the Flyers have had two of the NHL’s top shot-blockers on their blue line in either the Bob Clarke or Paul Holmgren era as GMs.
 
Q: They needed a 20-minute defenseman, which are hard to come by in NHL. Acquiring MacDonald was a good move going forward!
-- Suril Shah (@thrillsuril)
 
A: He was averaging 25:25 of ice time with the Isles, which was nuts. Craig Berube doesn’t think MacDonald even needs to play 20 minutes, but I think he will hit that target anyway.
 
Q: No youth given up, Meszaros scratched a lot of the time, MacDonald looks good, makes Schenn better... How can you not love it??
-- Nick Lennox (@NXML129)
 
A: I said on Bruins radio this week that Meszaros is going to love playing in Boston, as he and Zdeno Chara are very close friends. This is going to help Meszaros get another contract in the offseason. Gotta wish the guy the best because he never complained and had some tough injuries to overcome as a Flyer.
 
Q: MacDonald is a very solid addition. I think he's gonna help 22 (Luke Schenn) along as well. MacDonald is very calm with the pick; Luke could learn.
-- @EL_OSO_GUAPO
 
A: MacDonald moves very well laterally, which Luke Schenn does not. MacDonald will be able to cover more ice in front of the net on Schenn’s behalf which, in turn, should help Luke improve his game.
 
Q: From what I've seen on MacDonald, I think he's a nice fit. We didn't trade away any youngins for a change either.
-- @FlyersFan206
 
A: MacDonald looked comfortable. Expect to see him regularly on the second power-play unit soon.
 
Q: Do you think MacDonald would sign for less than $4 million once he understands his lesser role with the Flyers?
-- Ted Getselman (@TGetselman)
 
A: Hometown discount? Yes, I think so. It’s a bit much to go from a $550,000 salary per year to $4.5 million or higher, but I also think his camp did that to force a trade. I would like to see the Flyers get him at less than $4 million for an annual cap hit on a four-year deal.