Flyers place defenceman Andrew MacDonald on waivers for buyout

The Philadelphia Flyers are buying out the final year of defenceman Andrew MacDonald's contract. (Tom Mihalek/AP)

The Philadelphia Flyers have placed defenceman Andrew MacDonald on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract.

MacDonald, 32, had one year remaining on a six-year, $30 million contract he signed with the Flyers in 2014.

Once the buyout is complete, MacDonald will be a free agent but still carry a cap hit of $1,166,667 in 2019-20 — giving the Flyers $3,833,333 to spend elsewhere. The following season, MacDonald will represent a $1,916,667 cap hit for the Flyers. (All salary data courtesy of CapFriendly.com.)

The Flyers acquired MacDonald in a trade with the New York Islanders shortly before signing him to his six-year contract in the spring of 2014. In only 47 games last season, MacDonald registered nine assists and a minus-five rating.

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