NHL Buyouts: LA Kings Buy Out Dion Phaneuf, and the Philadelphia Flyers Plan To Buy Out Andrew MacDonald
The LA Kings buy out the defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
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The Los Angeles Kings buy out defenseman Dion Phaneuf

Curtis Zupke of the LA Times: The Los Angeles Kings have bought the final two years of defenseman Dion Phaneuf’s contract.

The 34-year old would have carried a $5.25 million cap hit for the Kings for two more seasons. The Kings are rebuilding and looking to move out some of their higher priced, older players.

CapFriendly: Phaneuf’s buyout will be shared by two teams – the Kings at 75 percent and the Ottawa Senators at 25 percent.


2019-20: $2,187,500 – savings of $4,083,333
2020-21: $4,062,500 – savings of $1,583,333
2021-22: $1,062,500 – savings of -$1,416,667
2022-23: $1,062,500 – savings of -$1,416,667


2019-20: $729,167
2020-21: $1,354,167
2021-22: $354,167
2022-23: $354,167

CapFriendly: The combined buyout and recapture/contract termination penalties for Phaneuf and Mike Richards.

2019-20: $3.76 million
2020-21: $4.76 million
2021-22: $1.96 million
2022-23: $1.96 million

CapFriendly: The Kings will be paying Richards recapture/contract termination penalty until 2031-32.

The Philadelphia Flyers to buy out defenseman Andrew MacDonald

NHL: The Philadelphia Flyers have placed defenseman Andrew MacDonald on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.

“It was a difficult decision and it was solely related,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “This guy’s a consummate professional. We asked a lot of Andrew. … He’s just a quality person and a guy that played a very effective two-way game for our team, but we are in a cap world and we made that tough decision today to try and relocate some of those dollars to maximize our chance to stay in the hunt for some players over the next couple of weeks.”

CapFriendly: A MacDonald buyout will give a the Flyers a salary cap hit of $1,166,667 next year and $1,916,667 cap hit in 2020-21.

Had they not bought out MacDonald, he would have carried a $5 million cap hit next season.