Cut in training camp, where he joined the Ducks on a pro tryout contract, Calder heads back to the minor leagues for the first time since the 2000-01 season. He has never played in the ECHL before. Last season with the Kings, Calder scored eight goals and 27 points in 74 games.
Carlyle said that the players, via the NHLPA Web site, actually found out before he did that Calder had signed. More than sending a message to the team’s forwards in the midst of a four-game losing streak, the coach said that signing Calder gives him depth.
“You can read into it whatever you want,” Carlyle said. “The more players you have in those positions, the more options you have as management and a coaching staff.”