The Blackhawks sent a 3rd round pick and defenseman Lasse Kukkonen to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Kyle Calder. Chicago then moved Calder to the Detroit Red Wings in return for forward Jason Williams.

 

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Blackhawks: Basically gave up Kukkonen and a third-round pick for Jason Williams, who is best suited as a 40 to 45-point third liner...which is better than a healthy scratch, which Kukkonen was.

 

Flyers: Picked up another draft pick (they're stacked with them now) plus another puck-moving rearguard that they really didn't need, so perhaps they got him to clear the way for a Joni Pitkanen trade. Even if he doesn't work out, what Calder was doing in Philadelphia was probably less valuable than that draft pick.

 

Red Wings: Despite this season's numbers, Calder is a better hockey player than Jason Williams and is a marginal upgrade to the offense.

 

Fantasy Players Impacted: Calder being moved will shift R.J. Umberger up to the Carter/Upshall line which will help his numbers. Kyle Calder could blossom in Detroit and become a 55-point player once again. He'll play with Robert Lang and Daniel Cleary to start. Kukkonen will get a shot at a Philly roster spot...and if Pitkanen gets moved he could actually play a pretty decent role. 


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