October 2, 2012

Former P-Bruin MacDonald catches on with ECHL's Royals

By Jesse Connolly

Kirk MacDonald, who was release last month by the Bruins after four years in Providence, has caught on with the ECHL’s Reading Royals.

Reading, formerly an affiliate of the Black and Gold, announced his signing on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

MacDonald was essentially collateral damage from the NHL lockout. After Boston and the rest of the league assigned players to the American Hockey League by the dozen, farm teams simply ran out of room and had to make cuts.

“I’m screwed,” MacDonald told The Saratogian in a story published Sept. 18. “I’m a free agent. The NHL teams are sending down so many two-way players (players with dual NHL/AHL contracts) that I won’t get a job. Phoenix just sent 29 guys to Portland.”

MacDonald was on a two-way contract for the 2010-11 campaign but was back on an AHL contract for the 2011-12 season.

A collegiate standout at RPI, the 6-foot-2 forward posted career-highs with 15-23-38 totals in 2010-11 for the P-Bruins, tying for third on the team in scoring. He followed that up with a 33-point season last year -- good for fourth on the club.

The Saratogian also reported that the 28-year-old, British Columbia native turned down a tryout offer in Germany after getting released.

MacDonald has played for Reading in the past. He spent 44 games with the club during the 2008-09 campaign, scoring 21 goals and adding 18 assists in 44 contests. 

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.