Scott Walker Metros to Verizon Center
The best Caps nugget I've seen over the past 24 hours came from Brian McNally's Twitter feed: After Scotty Walker's wife took the family car back to Raleigh, Walker took Metro to Verizon Center for Monday night's game.
"It was good," he told CSN's Lisa Hillary on Tuesday. "Everybody was great with me. I went down and I asked somebody [for directions], and then once I got on the first [train], I just followed everybody with a Capitals jersey. So it made it easy once I got on."
John Rocker disapproves. And you have to wonder whether the people in the Capitals jerseys knew who was following them to the arena.
But this reminded me that, just like Brian Pothier leaving three kids behind in D.C. when he went south, Walker has a wife and two kids who stayed behind in Raleigh after he was traded.
"That's always the fine line," he said, when I asked about approving a trade that would take him away from home. "You kind of weigh [both sides]. You talk to the wife -- I'll be away a long time. The kids, they don't really understand it, they think it's like a road trip. My son's a little bit older, but my daughter was sad. It's tough when you leave the airport and they're all crying. Two kids and your wife are crying in the car, you don't feel like much of a dad, but it is what it is."
Walker said he won't know whether it was worth it until the playoffs, because he came here to win. In his 15-year NHL career, he's made the playoffs just three times, never winning a series before last year's Hurricanes went to the Eastern Conference finals, a run that he said "absolutely" was the best time of his hockey career.
"You don't know really what you're missing, that's the best way to explain it," Walker said. "I was in Nashville for so long, and I had a good career there and I met a lot of great people there, but we weren't making the playoffs. People would always say that to me, but I didn't know what I was missing. Then last year, we go to the Eastern Conference finals, and now you're kind of pissed that you didn't make it all those other years
"It was awesome. It's the time of your life. It's not even really hockey. It's so exciting: practice days were fun, off days were fun. I know it's serious and all that, but that's what you play for. Every day is a new challenge. It's not like this monotonous 82-game [schedule], where you're plotting out and you know a month ahead, you know you've got Christmas, you know there's the Olympic break, you're just trying to get through those. Now it's like right here. It's right there in front of you."
(And of course I couldn't get through a conversation with Walker without asking him about his tremendous gap-toothed smile, which John McDonnell captured for the front of The Post's sports section last week.
Walker has a bridge but can't wear it during games, and he said surgically replacing top teeth can make things worse if you get hit again. He said he'd get the four missing top teeth done when his career is over, but he said he has no problem with the image below.
"That's what a hockey player looked like when I was a kid," he said. "Bobby Clarke, man. That's all I remember growing up.")
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