According to a report from ESPN, the Islanders have opened preliminary talks with Andrew MacDonald regarding a new contract.
Recently, Arthur Staple from Newsday has compared Andrew MacDonald to the situation defenseman Matt Carle was in 2 years ago. Carle ended up signing a 6 year 33 million dollar contract with the Lightning. Staple thinks MacDonald will get 5 years/25 pretty easily and I can't say I disagree.
These are largely for each side to get an idea where the other one is. If the Islanders fail to get back into contention I would not be surprised to see MacDonald moved at the trading deadline because I don't expect him to return next season.
#Isles "Preliminary" talks between Islanders, Andrew MacDonald's camp http://t.co/ykbr6Okc2H
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) January 14, 2014