NHl News and Rumors – September 21, 09

Calder in tryout mode with Ducks

Peter Chiarelli’s take on trade: Young star wanted out

Fleury not done, yet

Former Cane Babchuk gone to Russia?Calder in tryout mode with Ducks


Kyle Calder maintains a residence in picturesque Hermosa Beach, but his outlook this summer was anything but sunny.

A two-time 20-goal scorer, Calder was not re-signed by the Kings and finds himself out of a job. He is in Ducks’ training camp on a professional tryout agreement and hopes to fill a depth role.

Calder, 30, said it is a little humbling to try out for an NHL team for the first time after nearly a decade in the league.

“I know what kind of player I am and I know what kind of things I can bring to a team — the little things,” said Calder, who played against his former teammates Saturday night. “That’s what I pride myself on.”

It was Calder’s scoring ability that helped land him a two-year deal worth $5.5 million with the Kings in the summer of 2007. But Calder scored just 15 goals in two seasons with the club after he had 21, 26 and 14 the previous three with Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit.

He’s trying to adapt his game to become a third- or fourth-line banger who still has some scoring touch.

“It helps if they need a guy like that,” Calder said. “You’ve just got to look at your game and what position you’re put in and what they ask of you, and you have to respond.”

Jassen Cullimore can relate. He’s also on a tryout contract after spending the past two seasons with Florida.

Cullimore, 36, said the predicament that he and Calder fell into had much to do with a stubborn offseason NHL climate that saw a lot of fringe players on the outside looking in.


Peter Chiarelli’s take on trade: Young star wanted out

Stephen Harris

On Aug. 16, 2006, after deciding to forgo his final three years at the University of Minnesota and sign with the Bruins [team stats], Phil Kessel [stats] proclaimed, “I’m very happy to be a Boston Bruin.”

Within three years, he couldn’t wait to leave.

Apparently unhappy in Boston for a long time – maybe since his benching for Games 2, 3 and 4 of the 2007 playoff series vs. Montreal – Kessel finally got his wish for a new team late Friday night, when the B’s dealt his rights to Toronto for two first-round draft choices (2010, 2011) and a second-round pick (2010).

If money was Kessel’s motivation, the restricted free agent struck it rich, landing a five-year, $27 million deal with the Maple Leafs.

It was not a trade general manager Peter Chiarelli wanted to make, as he made clear in a rather candid press conference yesterday morning at TD Garden. (Sources have said the B’s offered Kessel more money than the three-year, $11.25 million pact given David Krejci.)


Fleury not done, yet

The Theoren Fleury comeback story will have another chapter.

Fleury won’t be part of the Calgary Flames team which will face the New York Islanders tonight in Saskatoon, but head coach Brent Sutter said yesterday the 41-year-old right winger will see more action before a final decision is made on his future in the organization.

“He’ll get a chance to get back into the lineup here in the next few days,” Sutter said.


Former Cane Babchuk gone to Russia?


The Anton Babchuk saga apparently has come to an end — for this season.

While neither Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford nor Babchuk’s agent could completely confirm it Sunday, there were media reports out of Russia that the defenseman will play for Avangard Omsk of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) this season.

“That’s my understanding, that he is going to go about it,” Don Meehan, Babchuk’s agent, said.

Babchuk, who scored 16 goals in 72 games for the Canes last season, was a restricted free agent but had forfeited his arbitration rights by leaving the Carolina organization to play for Avangard Omsk in the 2007-08 season. The Hurricanes made a one-year, $1 million qualifying offer to Babchuk, but he refused it and asked to be traded.

“Nothing about this angers me,” Rutherford said. “It’s disappointing that he doesn’t understand how the system works. And he’s not going to be able to figure out a way to beat the system.”

Rutherford said there were a few teams interested in a trade and that the Canes wanted to get a young defensive prospect in return. He initially hoped to have a deal completed before training camp began.


6 Responses to NHl News and Rumors – September 21, 09

  1. hockeyhead says:

    ron wilson is a hard coach too.  how long before phil wants out of TO.?

  2. LEAFS_54 says:

    the only difference is now kessel is the number one guy. so that would help him out quite a bit.

  3. hockeyhead says:

    i dont think he can handle it.

    i dont think he can handle the media.

    i think he will get his coach fired.

    b/c burke isnt going to trade kessel.

    julien just signed a new contract so kessel said i want out.

  4. Kramer says:

    Hockey refs should wear bow ties like in boxing.

  5. cam7777 says:

    he knows Wilson well, and still selected the Leafs.

    the media may be a problem for Kessel, you are right.

    Burke isn't going to be firing his best friend in Wilson either.

    Burke would trade Kessel.

    I think there's more to it than the coach personally.  if i was to take a stab in the dark at why Kessel wanted to leave, I would say it's because he just didn't have any friends in the dressing room.  he strikes me as kind of nerdy loser type.  i mean, listening to him talk, i cannot imagine that he and milan lucic were good buddies.  i'm sure he was never the cool guy.

    that's fine by me as long as he can play hockey (which i still have concerns about as well).  in TO he comes in as a highly respected guy, and a guy the team will look up to.  Now he will be the head of the forwards as Burke reshapes the front end, and those guys will be built around him.  Can you blame a player for wanting that?  

  6. Magleaf says:

    how about that move by Kadri tonight..   niceee

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