Hockey News: Kyle Calder disappoints

Updated: October 16, 2006, 2:33 PM ET
By Darryl Dobbs | The Hockey News
When former Blackhawk Kyle Calder was traded to the Flyers for Michal Handzus in the summer, it was expected he would make an immediate contribution. The 27-year-old led Chicago in scoring last season and Flyers' coach Ken Hitchcock immediately inserted him on the left wing on the second line alongside sophomores Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.

The line was reasonably productive in training camp, but fizzled when the regular season began. Hitchcock has since shuffled his lines, putting Geoff Sanderson on the line with Calder and Richards. The result has been the same -- Calder is still looking for his first point as a Flyer. To add insult to injury, Handzus has six points in four games with the Blackhawks.

Calder owners can take solace in the fact only five Philadelphia players have bulged the twine so far in five games this year, and we all know this trend cannot possibly continue. Calder will still flirt with the 60-point mark by the time April rolls around. Until he finds that groove, however, put him on your reserve list if possible. ...


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