You can't buyout a player who's injured. There was discussion around this for Drury, and all the concern over letting Redden and Gomez play at all (even in the AHL) this year in case they got injured.
That's very sentimental Surfer - and thanks for correcting me, but do you have any actual information or a clause in the CBA that says a player like Pronger can't be bought out, or are you just talking warm air?
Those two years you talk about him soaking out of the Flyers as 575K would cost the Flyers $1. 0125 million to buyout - and if they bought him out, he'd get 1.0125 for the last three years which otherwise have no salary in his backdiving contract.
But regardless, you either missed or ignored the point of a buyout - which wouldn't be about trying to save a couple million dollars - it would be about the fact that the Flyers are pinned up against the cap and Pronger's $5 million is really hampering their ability to add what they need.
In addition, even if he retired, he's a 35+ contract and his cap hit would continue to apply, so he wouldn't necessarily be doing the Flyers any favours by walking away from the money - the cap hit would continue to cost them in terms of team building, and when the cap hits 64 next year, the pain will increase (not to mention their 7 UFAs and a pair of RFAs)...
The road to the buyout proved bumpy, as sources said that Drury planned to file paperwork with the league to block it, citing his chronic knee problems and the league rule that an injured player cannot be bought out.
Pronger either retires and cost the Flyers cap space (due to his 35+ contract) or he stays on LTI and allows them to exceed the cap with a replacement.