Scott Walker out 8-10 weeks

Nashville, Tenn. (November 8, 2005) – Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that Predators forward Scott Walker will undergo surgery for a sports hernia on Thursday and he is expected to be out of the lineup for eight to 10 weeks.This is a huge blow for the team, considering that he is the REAL captain of the team. Greg Johnson may wear the C, but Scott Walker has been the on-ice leader of this team since he arrived in Nashville. The Preds have been without Walker for all of their losses, and have only won 1 game without him in the lineup. To add to this, Steve Sullivan is dealing with a groin strain, Yanic Perreault is dealing with an injured foot, Adam Hall was put on the IR recently, but should return soon.

The organization hopes that Scottie Upshall can take his place on the 2nd line, and if that doesn’t work then you’re probably looking at the Preds making a deal. I don’t know what they have planned, but Steve Sullivan definitely needs to return immediately, and the team needs to play with some FIRE. It’s almost a guarantee that there will be a Jordin Tootoo sighting in Nashville during Walker’s recovery. He hasn’t exactly been lighting it up in the AHL, either, which is a disappointment to the team. But he was suspended a few games and then returned to recieve 20 stitches. Good start, eh?

This has been, “News you probably didn’t read past the headline.”