By Annie Ross
The Flyers look like they are about to give up on Jori Lehtera buh-bye.
Lehtera rang up a woeful eight points over 62 games this season, and he has one year remaining on his contract with a hefty cap hit of $4.7 million.
However, Flyers GM Ron Hextall has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to write off Lehtera, who also skated to a minus-8 rating this year.
“There’s a lot of reasons you don’t just buy a guy out because he makes a little bit more than that type of role should make,” Hextall said. “Jori was a good role player for us. He’s a terrific human being. He works hard. He’s really good with our young kids. There’s a lot more to it than just saying ‘Okay, Jori Lehtera was playing center and playing 8-10 minutes.”