WESTMINSTER, Calif. -- Matt Walker is not a big name acquisition.
But Walker, who is on re-entry waivers today after the Flyers re-called him from Adirondack, will provide the necessary experience and reinforcement on the blue line with Chris Pronger and Andreas Lilja out for the next month.
Walker is en route to California and is expected to arrive later on Thursday night. After all, there isn’t exactly an easy way to get from Glens Falls, N.Y., to Southern California.
Walker, 31, will be available for Peter Laviolette’s lineup on Friday night against Anaheim, provided that he clears waivers.
A source close to the situation said he believes “99 percent” that none of the other 29 teams in the NHL will take a flier on Walker, despite the fact that quite a few other teams are also dealing with injuries, because of his salary.
Walker’s cap hit is $1.7 million and he still has next season left that will pay him $2 million in cash.
Should Walker be claimed, the Flyers will be on the hook for half of his salary and cap hit this season and next, splitting it with the claiming team.
Even though a prorated $850,000 for the remainder of this season would be closer to Walker’s fair market value at this point in his career, the extra year of payment would likely make teams think twice.
Walker has played 3 games with the Flyers this season, as a minus-2 while averaging 11:35 in ice time per game. He’s played 7 games overall with the Flyers since being acquired in July, 2010 in the Simon Gagne trade with Tampa Bay.
Even with the long flight out to the West Coast, Walker would appear to be likely to play against the Ducks on Friday night, which would leave rookie Kevin Marshall as a healthy scratch. Walker will know his fate by 9 o’clock Pacific Time on Friday morning (12 noon Eastern).
Should Walker be claimed, he’ll likely be packing up for another long flight.
Pick up a copy of Friday's Daily News for an in-depth look at the Flyers' defensive plans and what they're expecting against an Anaheim team that just hired Bruce Boudreau on Thursday.
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