Friday, March 6, 2009

Flyers Void Trade For McLaren

According to TSN:

The Philadelphia Flyers have nullified the trade they made on March 4 for defenceman Kyle McLaren. The 31-year-old did not pass his physical, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

McLaren had been sent to Philadelphia from San Jose in exchange for a sixth round pick at this year's draft.

Not something that you see everyday. Maybe the Flyers just realized that it was a pretty stupid trade to have made in the first place. McLaren has a pretty hefty contract (3yr deal worth $7.5m that expires this summer), which is the reason that the Sharks had him playing in the AHL this season. For some reason he had only played 17 games all season in the AHL - so it's likely that he has some type of nagging injury.

According to The AHL Stats page, McLaren hasn't played in the AHL since the beginning of December. What made Philly think that he was even worth trading for? I know that the Sharks have good depth on defense in their farm system, but if McLaren couldn't make his spot in the AHL, what would make the Flyers think he could help them in some way?

Anyone know more?

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