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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Season Review: Kyle Calder

65 GP, 7 G, 13 A, 20 pts, -11, 18 PIM

Grade: D

Last Season: Say what you want about Michal Handzus, but at least he isn't that bad defensively. Kyle Calder was basically worthless last season while riding shotgun on Handzus' line and was benched a few times near the end of the season. He missed the last 7 games of the season with a finger injury and the team seemed better without him. Calder's only worth was on the power play, a fact that seems kind of hilarious when you consider that he had 3 minutes of power play time a game and had 3 power play goals. All 3 goals were rebounds. Amazingly enough, Calder did not score a power play goal in 2008. It's kind of stunning when you consider that Calder scored 25 goals 2 years ago and now he might be playing himself out of the league. It all makes you wonder why they named a trophy after him.

Next Season: I'm not really sure where the hell Calder is going to play next year. The top 2 lines are pretty set and there wasn't a whole lot of chemistry between Calder and Handzus. The only time that line looked alive was when they played with Patrick O'Sullivan or Matt Moulson, two quick players that could actually create their own shot. I could see the Kings flanking Handzus with Moulson and someone like Brad Richardson to balance out Handzus' lack of speed. On the power play the Kings will probably utilize Brian Boyle in front of the net since he pretty much blocks out the Sun, so there's not much room for Kyle Calder there either. Overall, I think Calder might be looking at being in the press box for half the season, while playing the other half with maybe Boyle and Derek Armstrong. (Which isn't that bad of a 4th line, actually.)

Calder does have a history with Terry Murray, having played under him in Philadelphia, so maybe Murray can help him recover his game.* Calder's only 29 years old but he needs to play much better this season if he wants to stay in the NHL next year. If he doesn't, he's in danger of becoming a slightly better version of Brian Willsie.

*Calder played 59 games for Philadelphia and was a -31. I know plus/minus is pretty meaningless but man alive is that bad.


Earl Sleek said...

If he doesn't, he's in danger of becoming a slightly better version of Brian Willsie.

At only three times the price!

That's certainly one way to hit that salary floor: is there a more expensive version of Ivanans available also?

jamestobrien said...

Say what you want about Ladislav Nagy's flimsy desire, it's still pretty amazing that Calder has a job in the NHL and Nagy doesn't.

Note to NHL GMs: give lazy/medicore players 1 year contracts or suffer the wrath of the borderline scratch.

My job is very, very boring.

Nut said...

I think Calder still might have something to show. He wasn't that bad in the games he played, and sometimes made some nice plays that resulted in scoring chances (but not goals). Still, its funny to look back on this free agent signing from only a season ago in addition to his buddies (Nagy, Handzus, Preissing, Stuart (who I guess was the best, marginally?)) and then hear people bitch about not signing anyone this year.

Anonymous said...

Remember how early in the season, Calder's teammates gave him the nickname "Greaser," because he wasn't afraid to be a hard worker who got dirty? What the hell happened?

Nick said...

Calder hasn't been useful since he was in Chicago. He sucked in Philly, was benched in Detroit, and now has been useless for the Kings. It was kind of dumb to give him the contract they did, but... well, hindsight doesn't really have a lot to do with that claim.

Joe said...

XFD I still can't believe that the Kings paid Calder. He really wasn't very good since being a bit of a disappointment in CHI, until he got to the Wings and got 14 points in 19 games, including 2 GWG. Not only that, but a large chunk of those points came early into putting on a Wings uniform, as I recall from watching those games. The last 5-10 games of that regular season and his playoffs, he didn't do shit, and somehow that got the Kings to give him a payday.

Nick said...

He hit the ground running in detroit but it didn't last long. Totally bizarre

Kelpfreak said...

All in all, Calder is still six months in jail away from being the worst failure from Chicago's "ABC" line.

Nick said...

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Earl Sleek said...

Heh, that is pretty funny.

Somebody actually googled "Kyle Calder"?


RudyKelly said...

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A) An indication of our far-reaching and influential fanbase?


B) A sad indictment on Kyle Calder's popularity?