Oskars Bartulis was placed on unconditional waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers today for the purpose of a buyout. Bartulis had a goal and 10 assists in 36 games for the Adirondack Phantoms, the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, in the 2011-2012 regular season.
Bartulis suited up for the Flyers in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. He had a goal and eight assists in 53 games during the 2009-2010 regular season before he played in seven postseason games in the 2010 playoffs including Games 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Bartulis took part in 13 games for the Flyers during the 2010-2011 regular season going pointless with four PIMs before former Flyer Scottie Upshall injured him with a late hit in Philly’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on February 22nd, 2011.
The defenseman had one year left on his contract with the Flyers’ organization, as he was due $600,000 for the 2012-2013 season. Since he is 25 years old, Bartulis’ buyout ratio is 1/3 of his expected salary for next year. Due to the CBA, the Orange and Black need to pay Bartulis the $200,000 due to him over the next two seasons. This means the Flyers’ cap will take a hit of $100,000 for the next two seasons despite not having the services of the Latvian defenseman.