Flyers Recall Gustafsson, Send Walker Back to MinorsBREAKING NEWS, Flyers, News, NHL Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
It’s a roster move that was really a question of “when” it would take place, rather than “if.” Walker did not look particularly steady in his four games this season while Gustafsson displayed a lot of potential in his five games played. Gustafsson also averaged eight minutes more than Walker per game, despite having significantly less NHL experience.
There is no guarantee that Gustafsson will replace Andreas Lilja in tomorrow’s line-up, but I would not be surprised if Peter Laviolette was eager to reacclimatize him to the NHL against a team as porous as the New York Islanders. In the past, Gustafsson had paired with Matt Carle, but Marc-Andre Bourdon has gradually taken ownership of that responsibility, so it’s anyone’s guess who Lavi would pair him with.
The other benefit of sending Walker back to Glen Falls is that it frees up additional salary cap space by the time the trade deadline rolls around. The team can currently take on as much as $3.8 million, but that number will increase above $4 million until the trade deadline while Walker is off the books.
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