The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired 5'11", 180-pound left wing Kyle Calder from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Michal Handzus, according to club General Manager Bob Clarke.
"Our greatest depth is at center ice," said Clarke in making the announcement. "Calder is a player who we have coveted for a long time. He can score; he can kill penalties; he can play on any of our top three lines. He is a left wing player somewhat similar to what Michal was for us as a center iceman. We ended up playing Michal a lot on the wing when he really is a center and plays his best at center. We are still very strong at center and now we are much stronger at left wing."
"Words can not even describe how excited I am right now," said Calder. "I'm just really looking forward to joining the team. The Flyers have always been one of the teams that I wanted to come to. The dream is finally here and now I have to make the best of it. I'm kind of an up-and-down winger. If I get the opportunity, hopefully I can put the puck in the net. That's kind of how I see myself. I'm kind of rugged. I like to play in the corners, chip the puck in good spots and try to create plays. Philadelphia has a great looking team on paper and on the ice. They have done well every year."
Calder, 27, recorded 26 goals and 33 assists for 59 points and 52 penalty minutes in 79 regular season games for Chicago during the 2005-06 season. He led the Blackhawks in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals (6) last season. His 26 goals and 59 points were new career highs for a single season. He also posted five points (3G,2A) and 10 penalty minutes in nine games for the Canadian National Team at the 2006 IIHF World Championships.
In six seasons with the Blackhawks (1999-2000 through 2005-2006), Calder registered 85 goals and 125 assists for 210 points and 184 penalty minutes in 359 regular season games. He was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round (130th overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Handzus, 29, registered 11 goals and 33 assists for 44 points and 38 penalty minutes in 73 regular season games for the Flyers last season. In three seasons with the Flyers (2002-03 through 2005-06), Handzus recorded 54 goals and 92 assists for 146 points and 166 penalty minutes in 237 regular season games. He was acquired by the Flyers, along with Robert Esche, from the Phoenix Coyotes, in exchange for Brian Boucher and Nashville's third round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft on June 12, 2002.
In 509 career regular season games over seven NHL seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Phoenix and the Flyers (1998-99 through 2005-06), he registered 112 goals and 180 assists for 292 points and 307 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by St. Louis in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.