Saturday, July 23, 2005

LeClair and Amonte Gone

The first buyouts are here, with the Philadelphia Flyers buying out the contracts of John LeClair and Tony Amonte. This clears a whopping $11.1 million from the Flyers payroll for next season.

Amonte will be 35 in August. In 2003-2004, he had 20 goals and 33 assists in 80 games. LeClair put up similar numbers, with 23 goals and 32 assists, for a total of 55 points, in 75 games. LeClair just turned 36.

This seems to be the only move the Flyers could make. With so many free agents out there, it is a waste to spend $11 million on two players who are past their prime and put up less than 60 points apiece last season.