Wings Make Trade Deadline Deal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings did more than talk on the eve of the NHL's trading deadline.
Detroit acquired forward Kyle Calder from Chicago in exchange for forward Jason Williams after Calder was dealt to the Blackhawks from Philadelphia as part of a three-team deal Monday night.
"He gives us forechecking and grit around the net," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said in an interview with The Associated Press. "He's had a tough season, but he's a proven NHL player. He works, works and works and he'll make us a harder team to play against."
The 28-year-old Calder had just nine goals and 21 points this season for the Flyers after averaging 48 points the previous four years in Chicago.
Last season, he had 26 goals -- including six game-winners -- and 33 assists for the Blackhawks last season and led them in goals, assists and game-winning goals. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound left wing made his NHL debut during the 1999-2000 season in Chicago.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said the team traded Calder after attempting to sign him to a new contract, instead of possibly losing him with nothing to show for it in free agency after the season.
The 26-year-old Williams signed a two-year contract in Detroit last summer, but he didn't live up to hopes that he would be a physical and effective player on one of the top two lines. He had just 11 goals and 15 assists this season, one year after setting career highs with 21 goals, 37 assists and 58 points.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he was talking to a lot of teams about potential trades several hours before adding Calder, but he insisted the team would not be pressured into making a move.
"We'll only do a deal if it makes sense for our organization, not because of what another team does," Holland told the AP. "The Peter Forsberg deal had no impact on us."
Detroit trails Nashville by two points in the Central Division and for the most points in the NHL. The Predators landed Forsberg, a star forward, in a bold trade earlier this month with Philadelphia.
Forsberg's first goal for his new team lifted Nashville to a 4-3 win over Detroit Saturday night in overtime.
"We're battling Nashville for the best record in the division, but just because they got Forsberg, that doesn't mean we're going to make a deal just to say we did," Holland said. "Just because they got him, that doesn't mean they're going to have the top seed and we're going to fall out of the playoff race. Regardless of how this shakes out, we're not going to face them in the first round."
Holland ended up adding a forward he wanted, but he might not be finished dealing before Tuesday's 3 p.m. deadline.
"We have some assets and we're willing to part with some of them for a top-six forward," Holland said. "But, everybody is looking for a one of those forwards.
"We would also take a guy that would be our 13th forward, if a smaller move like that improved the depth of our club. We like our defense and our goaltending, so we're in pretty good shape."


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