The New York Islanders and Andrew MacDonald have had “preliminary” contract discussions, according to ESPN New York’s Katie Strang.
MacDonald, 27, is in the final year of his four year, $2.2 million contract and if he does not re-sign with the Islanders he will become a unrestricted free agent. However, MacDonald’s agent, Peter Cooney says his client wishes to remain an Islander.
“Our goal is to work things out and hopefully remain with the Islanders,” Cooney told ESPN New York.
Cooney did not reveal what amount of money his client is looking for in his new contract, but it is safe to assume he will be asking for a somewhat larger sum than he is receiving now. His current contract is considered a steal in the NHL and he will attract attention if he hits the trade or free agent market.
MacDonald currently leads the team in ice time per game, with 25:42, as well as leads Islander defenseman in assists (19) and Points (22).
Their was some good news for the Islanders today, Arthur Staple is reporting that Lubomir Visnovsky has been skating on Long Island:
Some good news for #Isles D: Visnovsky took first spin on ice yesterday back on LI.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 14, 2014
While this is without a doubt good news, the Islanders have still been very mum about a time table of return for the veteran defenseman.