Flyers Buying Out Cam Atkinson

The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly buying out the final year of Cam Atkinson's contract as he was placed on unconditional waivers today for the purpose of a buyout. He will become a free agent on July 1 and there may be some interest in a short-term, low AAV contract with a couple of other teams around the league.

Atkinson was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Flyers in the offseason of 2021 and his first season with Philadelphia was a good one where he scored 23 goals and 50 points in 73 games. He then missed the entire following season with a neck injury.

Atkinson returned to the Flyers' lineup this season and wasn't the same player who once contributed. His numbers dropped to 13 goals and 28 points in 70 games and the team is moving in a younger direction led by some talented players.

The Flyers free up some money after the buyout as Atkinson's cap hit was $5.875 million for the final season. This also frees up a roster spot that someone like Matvei Michkov can come in and fill. This is a good move for the Flyers and a predictable one. There isn't a downside to buying out the veteran who's slowed down and nearing the end of his career.

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