Scott Walker: "I'm just thrilled"
Shortly after Scott Walker became the first (and most quotable) of Washington's new additions Wednesday afternoon, he appeared on TSN to talk about his latest career move. He seemed, um, pleased by the deal.
Walker said Carolina GM Jimgrabbed him after skating this morning to discuss the move, since the winger has a no-trade clause.
"It was pretty much a no-brainer," Walker said. "I'm assuming everybody realized that. I'm really excited. Obviously tough to leave after all the things we've been through here in Carolina, but I'm just so excited to go to I think one of the most exciting teams to watch, that's for sure....
"I'm just thrilled. I can't wait. Obviously we get to see them play a lot, and it's a really quality team, so whatever I can do, I'm just so excited."
Walker, playoff-starved for much of his career, compared this to Carolina's trade of Niclas Wallin to first-place San Jose earlier this season, saying he told Wallin "God, I'd buy my own plane ticket there."
"I mean, they're in first place, how do you not go?" Walker said. "And it's very similar to Washington. I'm so excited. It's close to Carolina, I'm familiar with the division, and really appreciate Jim for putting that together for me. He's been too good to me."
Walker also has something of a history with his new GM. McPhee once played for the Guelph Platers in juniors, who later became the Owen Sound Platers. Walker played for the team in Owen Sound, and McPhee would come to talk to the prospects.
"And then I represented myself in Vancouver and went through a contract negotiation with him, so I'm really familiar with him and so excited to be back with him," Walker told TSN. "People have always said that I played like George, and I did like watching him play and his highlight videos. So it was exciting, a guy who just put it on the line and wanted to do whatever it takes, and I hope that's what I can do."
(Meanwhile, Kevin Allen at USA Today judges the Caps the NHL's biggest trade deadline winners.)
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