Defenseman Andrew MacDonald was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League.
Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn will be out for at least two weeks because of a lower-body injury sustained Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They also are missing defenseman Mark Streit, who is expected to be out at least 2-3 more weeks recovering from Nov. 17 surgery to repair a detached pubic plate.
MacDonald, 29, was placed on waivers Oct. 5, and after he cleared was sent to the AHL the next day. In 23 AHL games he had one goal, 13 points and a plus-4 rating.
In 2013-14, MacDonald had four goals, 24 points, and an NHL-high 242 blocked shots in 82 games with the New York Islanders and Flyers; he had four assists in 19 games after the Flyers acquired him in a trade on March 4, 2014. He signed a six-year, $30 million contract April 15, 2014. But last season he struggled with poor play and injuries, and had 12 points in 58 games.
"[MacDonald] is a good player. We can't forget that," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said in October. "I'm convinced he’s going to be back in the NHL and be a productive player at some point."