With the NHL trade deadline exactly a week away, it’s become the funny season for rumors, whispers, innuendo and the “word on the street” to fuel potential deals between hockey clubs. Big names like Ryan Miller, Ryan Callahan and Matt Moulson are the names most often coming up in conversation, but on the second tier is New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

It appeared MacDonald would be dealt after the Olympic break once the player and Isles GM Garth Snow couldn’t come to an agreement on contact extension terms. The left-shot defenseman is currently making just $550,000 this season and is an unrestricted free agent following this season, and he’s been excellent for the Isles while putting up 4 goals and 24 points in 60 games. The 27-year-old has averaged 25 plus minutes of ice time per game this season, and has shown he’s rugged while leading the NHL in blocked shots this season.

A hockey source confirmed to CSNNE.com that the Bruins indeed have some level of interest in MacDonald while looking for a veteran defenseman replacement capable of providing the shot-blocking and stalwart defense missing since the Dennis Seidenberg knee injury.

New York Times writer Chris Botta reported on Twitter that the Isles are looking for a first round pick as part of the return package for MacDonald, who is a strict rental player given his contract situation. That’s consistent with the high prices for rentals prior to the March 5 trade deadline, but those kinds of demands mean that MacDonald won’t be getting traded to Boston anytime soon.

The Bruins have zero desire to trade a first round pick for what’s currently available on the trade market, a source told CSNNE.com.