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Flyers waive veteran forward Gordon

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Boyd Gordon #27 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Anaheim Ducks at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Boyd Gordon, signed to a one-year, $950,000 deal by the Flyers on the opening day of free agency, has been waived after appearing in just 13 games, per Sportsnet.

Gordon, 32, was brought aboard because of his versatility to play either center or wing. GM Ron Hextall also praised the veteran’s penalty killing ability in announcing the deal back in July, though Gordon never really established himself among the Flyer’s forward ranks.

He only scored one goal this year, and averaged just over eight minutes per night in his 13 appearances. Gordon was made a healthy scratch by head coach Dave Hakstol on a number of occasions, but also missed some time in December to an upper-body injury.

Philly has been doing a salary cap tap dance for most of the year, so waiving Gordon doesn’t come as a huge surprise. If he clears, they can send him to AHL Lehigh Valley and get some cap relief, and if he’s claimed... well, obviously his entire hit goes away.