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The Best Bargain Player In The NHL

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Andrew MacDonald is the best bargain in the league. The Islanders defenseman is in the last season of a four-year, $2.2 million contract, according to http://www.capgeek.com At th.is rate, the unrestricted free agent-to-be could land a deal 10 times better than his $550,000 average annual value.

Through 42 games, MacDonald was averaging 25:58 of ice time, seventh highest in the NHL. He also led the league with 143 blocked shots.

The 27-year-old left-shot defenseman plays in all situations, although that’s more a function of the Islanders’ thin blue line compared to other clubs.

If the Islanders opt to trade MacDonald instead of re-sign him, he’d be a very good second-pairing fit for any playoff team. And if MacDonald reaches the open market, he’s due at least a five-year deal worth $5.5 million annually, which would put him in line with comparables such as Bouwmeester, Martin, and Andrei Markov.

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