Flyers Notes: Walker clears waivers, but was not in the lineup Friday

Posted: December 03, 2011

Flyers Notes

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Matt Walker cleared reentry waivers at noon and joined the Flyers, but the 31-year-old defenseman was not in the lineup Friday night against the Ducks.

Instead, coach Peter Laviolette went with Kevin Marshall, giving the Flyers two rookies on defense. Marc-Andre Bourdon was the other.

Walker, who was recalled from the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, could play Saturday night against the Coyotes in Phoenix. He gives the Flyers experience and muscle on the back end, though he spent lots of time in the penalty box (16 minutes) in his three games with the Flyers earlier this season.

Any team could have claimed Walker, but they would have been responsible for half his salary this season and next year. He earns $1.9 million this season and $2 million in 2012-13.

Jagr back in the mix

After missing four of the last five games because of a groin injury, Jaromir Jagr returned to the lineup Friday. "We wouldn't put somebody in there who's not ready," Laviolette said before the game. "He's ready."

The lineup also included speedy Harry Zolnierczyk, who played on the fourth line instead of enforcer Jody Shelley.

"He generates some offense and seems to find opportunities on the wing and off the forecheck," Laviolette said of Zolnierczyk.

Ryan off the market

Anaheim winger Bobby Ryan, the pride of Cherry Hill, was the subject of trade rumors before the Ducks made a coaching change on Wednesday, replacing Randy Carlyle with Bruce Boudreau


The Ducks now say Ryan is not on the trading block.

That suits Ryan, who is off to a somewhat slow start. He had seven goals in his first 24 games entering Friday.

"I'm happy that things worked out and happy we got a coach who is spirited . . . and hopefully he'll get us untracked," Ryan, 24, said before Friday's game.

Ryan, who signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract before last season, was asked if he ever daydreamed about playing for the Flyers some day.

"I have in the past. Obviously, everyone wants to play for their hometown," Ryan said. "But I'm pretty happy where I am, and I like the colors I'm wearing."

Ryan admitted that, before the coaching change, he thought a trade "may be for the best. Maybe it's a fresh chance, and maybe fresh scenery is what I needed. Either way, I would have been happy to put the 24 games behind me because it wasn't the best start for myself."

Carlyle had put Ryan on the third line to spread out the scoring, but Boudreau moved him back to the first unit.


James van Riemsdyk missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury. . . . Despite getting shut out in their previous game against the Rangers, the Flyers led the league with a 3.48 goals-per-game average before Friday. . . . Claude Giroux entered the night third in the NHL with 29 points. . . . Matt Read took nine goals into the game, placing him second among NHL rookies.

- Sam Carchidi

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