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.
The #Flyers have placed defenseman David Schlemko on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 30, 2019
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.
The Philadelphia #Flyers have placed defenseman David Schlemko on waivers for the purpose of a buyout.
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 30, 2019
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.