The Philadelphia Flyers said Friday they have nullified the trade on March 4 with the San Jose Sharks in which they acquired defenseman Kyle McLaren in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft. McLaren did not pass his physical, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
McLaren, a 31-year-old who has played more than 700 NHL games, was to be assigned to the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate.
McLaren has no goals, 6 assists and 17 penalty minutes in 17 games this season with San Jose's AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. He sustained a hand injury in December.
"Kyle has been very professional about his situation this season," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. "From the beginning of the year, we made a commitment to Kyle to find an opportunity for him to play in the National Hockey League. Unfortunately, this deal didn’t work out but Kyle will return to the organization and work towards the full recovery of his hand.
In 719 career NHL games with San Jose and the Boston Bruins over 12 seasons (1995-96 to 2007-08), the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder has 46 goals and 161 assists for 207 points and 671 penalty minutes. In 70 career playoff games, he has 1 goal and 13 assists for 14 points and 78 penalty minutes.