With the Ducks playing somewhat shorthanded the last few games they decided to recall forward Kyle Calder, who has been playing for Bakersfield of the ECHL. Calder was signed to a one-year contract at the end of October, after being cut from a pro-tryout agreement in the preseason.
Calder has performed well with the Bakersfield Condors in his short stint there. He’s appeared in five games and posted a plus-4 rating while scoring six points.
The Ducks were forced to play defenseman Sheldon Brookbank as a forward for the last two games as injuries to Saku Koivu and Ryan Carter have left the team without extra forwards. The Ducks have chosen not to carry a full roster in recent games, and these injuries have forced them to make a recall.
Calder has been playing well in the ECHL and also played well with the Ducks in the preseason. He was cut in favor of allowing younger players battle for a roster spot, something that eventually never happened. It is safe to say that Calder’s signing should have been done in training camp, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he comes up and plays harder and grittier than any other Ducks player as he’ll try to solidify his place with the big club.
Calder’s first opportunity to suit up for the Ducks will come Monday in Pittsburgh.