The New York Islanders have traded Andrew Macdonald to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for draft picks.
Macdonald, an eight-year veteran was due to become a free agent this summer and had already rejected a contract with the Islanders for next season.
The Islanders will receive the Flyers second and third round draft picks in the 2015 draft. They will also receive Matt Mangene, a forward prospect.
Macdonald was drafted in the 6th round by the Islanders in the 2006 draft and has 72 assists in almost 300 career NHL games.
The defenseman had rejected a four year contract extension with the Islanders recently and made it clear that he was looking for a fresh start in the league.
The Islanders were hopeful of getting a first round pick for Macdonald but in the end have had to settle for two latter round selections in future drafts.
Mangene has spent the past three seasons in the Flyers minor league system after being picked up as an undrafted free agent in 2012.