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Afternoon Line Part 2- Andrew MacDonald

"It’s difficult to go from making the league minimum to $5 million. You put a lot of pressure on yourself and when things don’t necessarily go the way you want, it weighs on you. That being said, it’s part of being a professional. You have to step up and do your job. Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out so great so far, but we’ll see what happens here."

-Andrew MacDonald, who was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers today.  Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post has more on MacDonald.

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Not to dismiss the various mental and physical difficulties and pressures associated being a professional athlete at the highest level of one’s sport, but ...

I generally think it’s wise to avoid describing the experience of getting a 9x raise from what was already a $500k yearly income for doing the exact same job as “difficult.”

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 12/07/15 at 02:46 PM ET

mattimeo's avatar

exactly Sven, poorly chosen words

Posted by mattimeo on 12/07/15 at 03:47 PM ET


I generally think it’s wise to avoid describing the experience of getting a 9x raise from what was already a $500k yearly income for doing the exact same job as “difficult.”

Well, generally when you get a 9x raise, you’re not being asked to the “the exact same job”.  Expectations can be a motherf*cker, not to mention that getting a large raise doesn’t mean your job gets any easier to do.

Posted by Garth on 12/07/15 at 03:49 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I get what he’s saying, and it doesn’t help that this stuff is all public knowledge.  He won’t find a lot of sympathy, but I can imagine it’s not easy.  Think about David Clarkson, Stephen Weiss, Brian Bickell, etc etc etc.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/07/15 at 03:59 PM ET


exactly Sven, poorly chosen words

Why?  Can you say with any certainty that it isn’t difficult?  Seems like the fact that he played well in Long Island, got a new contract and seems to have shit the bed for two years in Philly, to the point that he was sent down to the minors, shows that it actually is, or at least can be, difficult.

There are degrees of difficulty and I don’t think he’s suggesting that his job is more difficult than digging ditches or being a garbage man.

And I also think that everyone reading an article about a hockey player has to have some idea about the context of what he’s saying.

Posted by Garth on 12/07/15 at 04:05 PM ET

mattimeo's avatar

really Garth? It’s difficult receiving a pay raise? No. The difficulty is in the game itself not his increase in salary.

Posted by mattimeo on 12/07/15 at 04:17 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

MacDonald makes sense here, you just have to think of it on more “normal” middle-class terms. I think Sven’s point was, that he understands what MacDonald means, but that maybe MacDonald should’ve been a little bit more careful, as it’s never a good look for someone making millions playing a game for a living to appear as if they are complaining about the money.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 12/07/15 at 05:09 PM ET

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