Flyers waive David Schlemko, plan to buy out his contract

The Philadelphia Flyers have placed defenseman David Schlemko on waivers for the purpose of buying out the remainder of his contract, the team announced Sunday.

Schlemko has one more year left on his contract that carries a cap hit of $2.1 million.

The road hasn’t been an easy one for the 32-year-old blueliner. In the 2016 offseason, the San Jose Sharks inked Schlemko to a four-year, $8.4 million contract, and he had a decent showing in his first year with two goals, 18 points and a plus-minus rating of plus-4 in 62 games. However, he wasn’t protected heading into the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

From there, the Golden Knights selected him and subsequently traded him to Montreal, along with Trevor van Riemsdyk, in exchange for draft picks. To start 2017-18 was struggling with a hand injury and reported to the Habs’ AHL-affiliate Laval Rocket on a conditioning stint before coming up and playing 37 games with the Canadiens in 2017-18. Schlemko recorded a goal, five points and a plus-minus rating of plus-3

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This past season, he played in 18 games for Montreal and managed just two points before he was dealt to the Flyers, along with forward Byron Froese, in exchange for Dale Weise and Christian Folin. Schlemko didn’t appear in any games for the Flyers and played in 18 games with their minor-league affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms, registering four assists in 18 games.

With the buyout, the Flyers have around $15.67 million in cap space to work with heading into free agency. Philadelphia would pay Schlemko $900,000 this season and $600,000 for 2020-21; they also recently bought out Andrew MacDonald and are paying him about $1.16 million for this year.

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