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Flyers Acquire Carcillo and McLaren

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired forward Daniel Carcillo from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Scottie Upshall and a second round draft pick in 2011, according to club general manager Paul Holmgren. In addition, Holmgren announced that the team has acquired defenseman Kyle McLaren from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in 2009. McLaren has been assigned to the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

“Daniel Carcillo is a good player that happens to be tough and aggressive. That’s the bottom line,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “We think he can play in our top nine, and the fans are going to love him.”

“They were my favorite team growing up, and it's kind of a dream come true putting on the uniform,” said Carcillo of joining the Flyers.

Carcillo, 24, leads the NHL with 174 penalty minutes and has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 54 games this season. He also led the league in penalty minutes in 2007-08, with 324. In 129 career NHL games over parts of three seasons, (2006-07 through 2008-09, all with Phoenix), the 5-11, 203-pounder has 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points and 572 penalty minutes.

He was traded to Phoenix by Pittsburgh along with Pittsburgh’s third round choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft for Georges Laraque on February 27, 2007. He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

McLaren, 31, has six assists and 17 penalty minutes in 17 games with San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Worcester Sharks this season. In 719 career NHL games with San Jose and the Boston Bruins over 12 seasons (1995-96 to 2007-08), the 6-4, 235-pounder has 46 goals and 161 assists for 207 points and 671 penalty minutes. In 70 career playoff games, he has one goal and 13 assists for 14 points and 78 penalty minutes.

A member of the 1996 NHL All-Rookie Team, McLaren was traded to San Jose by Boston along with a fourth round draft choice in 2004 for Jeff Hackett and Jeff Jillson on January 23, 2003. He was originally drafted by Boston in the first round (ninth overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Upshall, 25, had seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points and 63 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Flyers this season. In 134 career games with the Flyers over parts of three seasons (2006-07 to 2008-09), he had 27 goals and 37 assists for 64 points and 145 penalty minutes. In 211 career NHL games with the Flyers and Nashville Predators over parts of six seasons (2002-03 through 2008-09), Upshall has 38 goals and 55 assists for 93 points and 197 penalty minutes.

He was acquired from Nashville along with Ryan Parent and a first and third round draft pick in 2007 in exchange for Peter Forsberg on February 15, 2007. He was originally drafted by Nashville in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
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