Flyers place David Schlemko on waivers to buy out his contract

Andrew MacDonald isn’t the only one.

The Philadelphia Flyers placed defenseman David Schlemko on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, the team announced Sunday.

 

 

Schlemko was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in February and never played a game for the Flyers. He spent the rest of the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the AHL.

The one year left on his deal carried a $2.1 million cap hit. The Flyers will be hit with $900,000 in ’19-20 and $600,000 in ’20-21.

 

 

This gives the Flyers a little bit more wiggle room to sign their restricted free agents or an under-the-radar UFA winger.

While they are saving $1.2 million on paper, they could have buried Schlemko in the AHL again and had his cap hit be $1.025 million in the AHL. So, in that sense, they are saving $125,000 this upcoming season while costing them $600,000 the next.

The move doesn’t exactly make sense due to the figures above, but it’s not a huge cost for Chuck Fletcher and the Flyers to do Schlemko a solid. If Schelmko wanted to be let go to pursue an NHL job as a sixth or seventh defenseman — which is something he wouldn’t have had with the Flyers — then Fletcher allowed it.

While it costs them a bit, Fletcher likely tried to trade Schlemko before the buyout period ended but couldn’t find a willing partner. Therefore, he bought out Schlemko to allow the 32-year-old veteran to test the waters instead of spending another year in the minors.

The numbers are a loss overall (if the Flyers would’ve buried him again instead), but it puts Fletcher and the Flyers in a good light for players moving forward. If they know the organization is flexible and fair with their requests, it could potentially help in the future.

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