PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 5: Erik Gustafsson #26 of the Philadelphia Flyers controls the puck against Derick Brassard #16 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at the Wells Fargo Center on November 5, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
Matt Walker cleared waivers over the weekend, and now, he's back where he belongs.
He's a member of the Adirondack Phantoms yet again, and you know what? With the Phantoms, Walker is a huge piece. They've had a lot of struggles down there since Paul Holmgren rode in on horseback and pillaged the entire village, taking away a number of contributing pieces, especially on defense. But getting Walker back, and hopefully getting the injured Oskars Bartulis back at some point (there's no timetable for him yet) will help a great deal.
They have a solid team this year and could be dangerous in the playoffs, and that's good for the entire organization.
But let's not pretend that's more important here (sorry, AHL friends). We've talked about how awful Andreas Lilja has been on the blueline for the Flyers since returning from his injury, and the hope is that Erik Gustafsson returning to the lineup will help in that regard.
You can't imagine that the Flyers are calling up Gus to have him sit in the press box, and we'll have to assume that responsibility falls on Lilja. I suppose it could also fall on rookie Marc-Andre Bourdon, but he's been generally very solid alongside Matt Carle. With as poorly as Lilja has played lately, he deserves to sit, and he likely will.