I am still not sure why there was so much secrecy by the Flyers about the status of Matt Walker for last night's game. With all due respect to Walker -- who is a serviceable and physical third-pairing NHL defenseman when healthy -- his presence or absence was not going to alter Boston's approach one iota. I doubt anyone on the Boston side cared at all whether Walker or Lilja was Philly's sixth defenseman last night.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren insists that Walker is healthy, despite the fact that he had a maintenance day last Sunday, did not practice Tuesday (after a team off-day on Monday) and was not on the ice for the morning skate yesterday.
Here is some more...something is not kosher considering Walker advertised he was going to play last night and that he beat the odds by making the team.
A team source says Walker suffered a "slight" groin strain in last Saturday's preseason game in New Jersey. Versus television analyst Pierre McGuire said on air that Walker is suffering from a "nasty virus."
So, which is it? If he was sick and quarantined from the team, why would he participate in the pregame skate and dress in the locker room?