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B's balk at Isles' price for MacDonald

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07:40 AM ET 02.27 | New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald most certainly is available, but the Islanders aren't going to make it easy on a potential suitor. A hockey source confirmed to CSNNE.com that the Bruins indeed have some level of interest in MacDonald. ... New York Times writer Chris Botta reported on Twitter that the Isles are looking for a first round pick as part of the return package for MacDonald, who is a strict rental player given his contract situation. That's consistent with the high prices for rentals prior to the March 5 trade deadline, but those kinds of demands mean that MacDonald won't be getting traded to Boston anytime soon. The Bruins have zero desire to trade a first round pick for what's currently available on the trade market, a source told CSNNE.com.

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February 27, 2014  08:09 AM ET

I don't blame Garth for trying to recoup the first rounder he lost in the Vanek deal. Also, the rental makret is a little thin this year, so if the asking price is a 1st rounder, I got to think someone will bite on that.

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February 27, 2014  09:31 AM ET

4 goals, 20 assists and a minus 16 (OK just about the whole team is minus) is not worth a first round draft pick in my mind.

February 27, 2014  09:36 AM ET

Speaking of Boston, at least they got a point out of the game last night.

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February 27, 2014  09:55 AM ET
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Should have been two. They played well after the first 10 minutes, but their normally reliable back-up goaler was awful.Really awful.

They pulled a Leaf. Or is a "USA girls"?

February 27, 2014  10:06 AM ET
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I don't want Boston parting with draft picks or highly rated prospects for some schmoe like McDonald. Either make a deal (and do what you gotta do to make it happen) for a stud D-man or stand pat.

I don't think the Bruins want this guy, anyway.

February 27, 2014  10:07 AM ET
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Well, I don't think anybody is giving up high lottery picks for a defenceman nobody heard of until his name started popping up in trade talks.That first rounder is going to be top-5, too, so unless he's convincing Burke to invest in magic beans by giving up Calgary's likely top pick, the Isles have royally shot themselves in the foot here.

I do not think you read the article correctly. If AMac was traded to the Bruins for a first rounder it would be a 20-30 pick. Snow isn't looking for the 1st overall for AMac. They will probably get that all on their own.

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February 27, 2014  10:14 AM ET
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4 goals, 20 assists and a minus 16 (OK just about the whole team is minus) is not worth a first round draft pick in my mind.

In a normal scenario AMac is not worth a first rounder. The reason he is this year is b/c there are very few Dmen available, his cap hit is only 500K so every team can fit him for a pick, he logs 20-25 minutes a game and blocks shots like crazy. There will be a lot competition for AMac because a lot of teams like to get D depth down the stretch.

I think these reasons will outweigh the fact that AMac is a turnover machine, was playing a roll he shouldn't have and is an overall terrible Dman.

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February 27, 2014  10:57 AM ET
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Girardi, Markov, Quincey, Edler, Del Zotto, Kulikov, Gardiner all might be available. Hardly slim pickins in the D market.

You're taking an individual point I made and not looking at the full picture. Have you seen the contracts/cap hit those guys have? It isn't 550K like AMac. Every contender can trade a pick for AMac. That is really where most of his value comes from. If the Bruins want Girardi/Edler/Gardiner etc... they will have to make a hockey trade.

February 27, 2014  11:03 AM ET
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Maybe Chris Phillips too, depending on Ottawa's results.

Also, every guy you mentioned except Kulikov is already on a playoff contender team. You rarely see contenders trading their Dmen away to other contenders. Especially when every contender wants more D depth for the playoffs not less.

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February 27, 2014  11:32 AM ET
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.... the rental makret is a little thin this year, so if the asking price is a 1st rounder, I got to think someone will bite on that.

Meh. Only teams that think they have a good shot at winning the SC will pay that kind of price for a rental.

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