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10-03-2010, 10:57 AM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
Matt Walker article:
How much Walker plays for the Flyers remains to be seen.
By his own admission, he is a hard-nosed, stay-at-home defenseman willing to drop the gloves for his teammates -- a fact evidenced by his 90 penalty minutes in 66 games for the Lightning last season and his willingness to fight Devils enforcer P.L. Leblond in the Flyers' preseason opener.
A 6-foot-3, 213-pounder from Beaverlodge, Alberta, Walker's job description includes blocking shots, killing penalties and clearing the front of the net, which means he is a younger, more expensive version of newly acquired defenseman Sean O'Donnell, who signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Flyers on July 1.
Once Chris Pronger returns from rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee, O'Donnell and Walker will compete for the sixth spot on the Flyers' six-man defensive rotation. And if only one of them is in the lineup, the Flyers will be paying their seventh defenseman more than $1 million to watch from the press box.
For now, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is willing to pay that insurance premium, noting that the Flyers were fortunate last season to have their top four defensemen -- Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle and Braydon Coburn -- miss only three games.
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