The Flyers have finally made their big move a couple of days ahead of the trade deadline:
Wait, that's not a big trade deadline move? My bad.
In any case, McDonald has by all accounts done a very good job in his first year with the Flyers' organization, as he's captained the Phantoms while putting up 21 points in 34 games prior to the Phantoms' game tonight against Utica. McDonald, who turns 31 in December, has 145 games of NHL experience to his name, and was briefly called up to the Flyers as an injury replacement back in November.
It makes sense that the Flyers would reward him for the work he's done with the Phantoms, as he's provided good play and veteran leadership there and also can be a serviceable NHL call-up if necessary.
Terms were not yet disclosed on the deal, but it's unlikely the amount will be much of consequence, and will almost certainly be under the threshold that the Flyers can bury in the AHL with no cap penalty.
The contract is for two years with an average annual value (at the NHL level) of $637,500, per TSN's Bob McKenzie.