Frank Servalli of the Daily News reports that the Flyers have received 30 year old defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth round pick in return for Simon Gagne. In other words, this was a salary dump in every sense of the word...
Here's the scouting report on Matt Walker.
Has prototypical NHL size and likes to use it to his advantage. Usually limits mistakes in his own end. Can be quite physical from the back end and also drop the gloves when necessary.
Is extremely limited in the offensive zone, which makes him less appealing as a top-four blueliner at the NHL level. Also has skating issues.
Exciting huh? And this for a team that's already added a ton of salary at defense this offseason in Andrej Meszaros, Braydon Coburn, & Sean O'Donnell.
The Flyers now have just over a million in cap space after the trade, although there's a lot of speculation that they'll avoid Walker's cap hit by sending him to the minors.