The Flyers placed MacDonald on unconditional waivers Saturday for the purpose of terminating his contract with the club. MacDonald took the ice for just 47 games this season and tallied just nine points after posting 21 points over 66 contests in 2017-18. He was scheduled to remain under contract with the club for one more season, but it appears the veteran has been handed his walking papers early.
MacDonald didn't score a goal and recorded nine points with a minus-5 rating and 18 PIM in 47 games this season. Three of those assists actually came in his final 14 games, but MacDonald still wasn't consistently in the Flyers' lineup, especially down the stretch. He played just five games after March 1. MacDonald has one year remaining on his contract, and with a lot of young defensemen in Philadelphia, it will be interesting to see how much he plays next season.
MacDonald has remained out of the lineup as a healthy scratch for the last two weeks. The 32-year-old defenseman hasn't dressed for a game since March 19. With the Flyers eliminated from the playoffs, there isn't much motivation to re-insert MacDonald back into the lineup during this final week. More than likely, the Flyers will let their young defensemen gain more experience this final week. MacDonald has zero goals and nine points in 47 games this season.
MacDonald has nine assists but hasn't scored a goal in 45 games this season. In every one of his NHL seasons in which he's dressed for more than 50 games, MacDonald has scored at least twice. Still looking for that first goal of 2018-19, he'll need a pair to keep that streak alive if he plays another five games. Because of the lack of scoring, MacDonald has posted his worst points-per-game average since 2009-10. He also has a minus-5 rating, 18 PIM, 91 blocks and 28 hits this season.
MacDonald has no points and a minus-4 rating in the last six games. The 32-year-old defenseman had a seven-block game on Feb. 17, but outside of that, he's not contributing much value anywhere. Unless owners need a block specialist -- he's averaging 2.0 blocks per game over the last five contests -- MacDonald can be safely left on the waiver wire. He has no goals and eight points with a minus-7 rating, 16 PIM, 36 shots and 27 hits in 43 games this season.
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