Walker On Re-Entry Waivers, McCabe Mum On Intentions

1 Dec

Help might be on the way for the Flyers one way or another. The team put Matt Walker on re-entry waivers on Thursday. In three games with the Flyers, he has one hit and 16 penalty minutes. In 10 games with the Phantoms, he has a goal and an assist. His hefty $1.7 million salary was one of the reasons the Flyers couldn’t afford to keep him on their big-league roster and waived him on Nov. 1.

If another team picks him up, it would only be for half price, or $850,000. The Flyers would be responsible for picking up the tab on the other half and it would also count against the salary cap. It would also count for the remainder of his contract which has one more year left after this season.

The move could mean a number of things. Most pressing is that the team is on the road out west with only six healthy defensemen. That’s dangerous. Two of the blueliners have a combined six games experience. Again with the danger. It could also mean that the Flyers tried to find a trade partner and failed. Paul Holmgren noted on Tuesday that there are others in the league looking for help at that position.

“People I that I talk to, it seems like everybody is looking for a defenseman now,” said Holmgren, “not looking to trade one.”

Mum’s The Word On Bryan McCabe

The Flyers don’t have to necessarily go for a trade, they could look to free agents. Veteran Bryan McCabe is still without a job. The 36-year-old 6-foot-2 blueliner last played for the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers last season. He had a combined seven goals and 21 assists in 67 games.

Some have linked his name to the Flyers, but his agent told Philly Sports Daily he wouldn’t comment on whether the Flyers have reached out to him and said “there isn’t much to talk about,” when asked about what his client’s intentions are of playing in the NHL again or where he would want to play.

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