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The trade deadline came and went Wednesday at 3PM, and when the dust settled the Flyers made two moves that were very closely related to one another. First, on Tuesday afternoon they sent a 3rd round pick in the 2014 draft and a 2015 2nd rounder to the Islanders for defenseman Andrew MacDonald. MacDonald, who is 27, is making $550,000 this season and is a pending unrestricted free agent after the season. He had 4 goals and 20 assists in 63 games for the Islanders this season, and made his Flyers debut Wednesday evening against the Capitals, where he was a +2 in 18:07 TOI, picked up a secondary assist on Michael Raffl’s deflection goal, and was paired with Luke Schenn on the 3rd pairing. MacDonald’s role with the Flyers is expected to be dramatically reduced compared to his role with the Islanders, where he played 25+ minutes per game on their top pairing with Travis Hamonic, helping him become the league leader in blocked shots this year.