The Philadelphia Flyers announced the re-signing of defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a six-year, $30 million contract. MacDonald was eligible for UFA status in July.

Andrew MacDonald signs a six-year extension with the Flyers.

Andrew MacDonald signs a six-year extension with the Flyers.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s keeping in line with what MacDonald was seeking from the NY Islanders prior to his being dealt to the Flyers before the trade deadline. It’s a significant raise over the $550K  per season he was making on his current contract.

As NBC Sports’ Mike Halford observed, the 27-year-old MacDonald’s been a solid addition to the Flyers defense corps. “He has four points in 19 games while averaging over 22 minutes a night, blocking 44 shots over the 19 games while dishing out 21 hits”, reports Halford.

Looks like the Flyers have given up on the impossible dream of acquiring Nashville’s Shea Weber and instead are looking toward more sensible options. If MacDonald continues playing that well over the course of his deal, it’ll be a worthwhile contract for the Flyers.