For half a second I thought that an Isles fan started this thread, i was gonna flip.
There are about 15 players I would trade Amac for, huge no.
there are a large number of players id trade amac for, but few make sense for the islanders. they cant take on a lot of salary, so in the end, you're not getting the best bang for the buck. you'd be just trading for a 'name'.
one thing that sucks about being a small market team that has been in the gutter for 4 straight years is that people around the league dont recognise some of the great players we have. fortunately, some do recognise macdonald, nielsen, hamonic etc.
We're not as weak on defense as the Blue Jackets, but we're not much better. We can't afford to trade him away for a forward. I like Voracek a lot, but not at the cost of MacDonald.
AMac, Hamonic, deHaan, and possibly Hamilton will be our future top-4. Right now, AMac is probably the most important one.
As much as I love AMac, Hamonic showed some flashes of greatness. I really think Hamonic is going to be a great #1 defenseman in the future. He reminds me a lot of Marc Staal with better outlet passes and more offensive skills. Obviously he still has a lot to learn but he looks great.
I wouldn't trade MacDonald, he has a great contract, and is very valuable to the Islanders. He is a good building block, and there is no reason to trade him.