Poll: Should the Reign bring back David Walker?

The rundown on defenseman David Walker:

2010-11 stats [career]: 5 goals, 38 points, 106 penalty minutes, minus-18 rating in 43 games.

Quote: “Now my wife’s pregnant, so there’s more than just thinking about her and I. It’s thinking about what’s best for the three of us, the four of us with the dog.”

Pros: Walker was never 100 percent all season but still led all Reign blueliners in points, penalty minutes and, unofficially, ice time. In addition to his perseverance and leadership, Walker brings most of the hockey skills that a defenseman can be taught — roughly everything other than blazing speed and a blazing shot.

Cons: It seems like Walker, who turned 32 Monday, is leaning toward retirement. If he does come back, the captain will be most effective if he can fight, something he couldn’t do often in 2010-11 because of a thumb injury sustained in Game 1. The Reign would prefer that he not show his age, too.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.