Kyle Calder fractured his left thumb when he was hit with a slap shot early in the third period last night and will require surgery. Crawford said Calder is out at least two weeks and perhaps a lot longer. The team will call someone up from Manchester later this afternoon. I’d think Brady Murray is the most likely candidate.
“If he just needs plates and screws in the thumb, then he’ll be re-evaluated in two weeks and that would be the good side of it,” Crawford said. “If they have to do more invasive surgery or a reconstruction, then it will obviously be a little longer. We’re all hopeful it will be the less severe one that will require him to have the cast on two weeks, and then we’ll start from there.”
Calder, who scored the Kings’ lone goal in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Columbus, has been the best of the team’s offseason acquisitions. He was nicknamed “Grease” by teammates for his gritty play. He has three goals and three assists in 13 games.
“We’ve been pleased with how he’s progressed,” Crawford said. “He’s got an injury now. That’s part of the game. It’s unfortunate but someone else will get a good opportunity now and that’s how we’ll look at it.”