Los Angeles Kings Claim Defenseman Randy Jones Off Re-Entry Waivers

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 29, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 25:  Randy Jones #6 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs  at the Wachovia Center on April 25, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-3 to win the series 4 games to 2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Kings claimed defenseman Randy Jones off of re-entry waivers on Thursday morning, which means that the Flyers are responsible to pay half of his salary.

Jones, who has one assist in six games with the Adirondack Phantoms, is in his final year of a two-year contract extension he signed in the summer of 2008 with Philadelphia, and he is making $2.73 million this season; the Flyers are on the books for $1.73 million.

In 217 games with the Flyers in his five year career, Jones collected 13 goals and 56 assists for 69 points with a minus-three rating. Going undrafted, the 6′2″, 200-pound blue liner spent seven years with the Flyers organization.

Jones will always be remembered for the hit he put on Boston’s Patrice Bergeron a few years ago that concussed Bergeron, and forced him to miss the rest of the season. He was suspended two games for the incident, but he was never the same player after the hit.

The Orange ‘n Black put him on re-entry waivers trying to get him back on the roster since cap space cleared up when Simon Gagne was placed on long-term injury; however, the Flyers will not have to eat the cap hit for a player that will not even be playing for them.

Ryan Parent will return to the lineup on Saturday along with Blair Betts. Parent will be paired with Kimmo Timonen while Braydon Coburn will play with either Ole-Kristian Tollefsen or Danny Syvret.

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