Arbitrator awards Blackhawks' Calder $2.95 million

Updated: July 27, 2006, 6:25 PM ET
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TORONTO-- Kyle Calder's career season with the Chicago Blackhawks has paid off handsomely for him.

Calder, who recorded career bests of 26 goals and 59 points last season, on Thursday was awarded a one-year, $2.95 million contract for 2006-07 by an arbitrator.

After having his arbitration hearing on Monday, Calder more than doubled his income thanks to a breakthrough campaign. The 27-year-old left wing made $1.311 million in 2005-06, when he led the Blackhawks in goals, assists (33), points and game-winning goals (six).

A fifth-round pick in 1997, Calder has appeared in 359 games over six seasons with Chicago, recording 85 goals, 125 assists and 184 penalty minutes.