Red Wings deal for Calder
Kyle Calder landed in Detroit on Monday night as the Red Wings pulled off a three-way trade with the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers first sent Calder, an unrestricted free agent July 1, to Chicago for a 2007 third-round draft pick and Lasse Kukkonen. The Hawks then flipped Calder to the Wings for winger Jason Williams.
Calder's an extremely hardworking, checking type who has decent hands and doesn't shy away from the front of the next. Williams, meanwhile, struggled last season in the playoffs and is a much more inconsistent and finesse type than Calder.
The Red Wings have been talking about adding jam for the postseason all year long, and this move helps in that regard. (The word is also that Detroit is closing in on getting Bill Guerin.)
Philadelphia sneaks out quietly with another decent young defensive prospect in Kukkonen for a player who was a pending unrestricted free agent. Combined with Joni Pitkanen, Braydon Coburn and Ryan Parent, GM Paul Holmgren has really setup his blueline nicely for the future.
I think the Flyers will be in playoff contention next season.