One of the last holdovers from original Terry Ruskowski’s first Quad City Mallards team in 2012-13 and a fan favorite is on the move to the Black Hills of South Dakota.
This afternoon, the Quad City Mallards and Rapid City Rush made a significant trade that sends Mike Monfredo and future considerations to Rapid City for Josh MacDonald.
In his four-plus seasons in the Quad Cities, Monfredo appeared in 312 regular-season games — including 230 straight tilts between 2012-15, scoring 28 goals, collecting 103 assists (131 points), was a -4 and had 497 penalty minutes. He also skated in 40 playoff games, collecting seven points and 35 penalty minutes. This season, the 26-year-old Monfredo has the worst plus/minus on the team this season (-11) and was one of two Mallards defenseman on the active roster with a minus rating on the roster (Donnie Harris -8).
Coming to the banks of the Mississippi River is Josh MacDonald, who was the Rush’s second leading scorer this season, behind team captain Ryan Walters. MacDonald skated in 45 games for the Rush this season, collecting 37 points (17G, 20A) and he will become the Mallards leading scorer when he reports. For his career, MacDonald has skated in 92 games, collecting 68 points (32G, 36A).
“It was a tough decision to part with Josh, but I felt we needed to shore up some holes on our back-end going forward. We wish Josh all the best on his new team,” said Rush Head Coach Mark DeSantis. “With Monfredo, we have added some toughness, as well as a player that can log a lot of minutes on the penalty kill, power play, and against other teams top lines. We have seen him plenty of times over the years and know what he can bring our team on a daily basis.”
MacDonald figures to keep up his scoring pace with his new club. Under interim head coach Phil Axtell, the Mallards are scoring an average of 4.5 goals per game and have scored more than five goals in four straight games, including five in the first period against Rapid City Saturday night.