Leafs going after McLaren ?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are going after Boston defenseman Kyle McLaren….Yes, most Leafs fans tend to make up “rumours” about who the Leafs are going to get for Hoglund, Lumme, Eriksson, etc. However, this is one of those rare times, where there is actually truth to the rumour.

The Leafs are after Bruins d-man Kyle McLaren. Boston is rumoured to want a young defenseman back, and obviously McCabe and Kaberle are untouchable. Both sources I got this from, say that Bruins are trying to get prospect Carlo Colaiacovo from the Leafs in return for McLaren.

McLaren for Colaiacovo? I think the Leafs are giving up too much. McLaren is oft-injured and from what a lot of people on this site say, he isn’t even that good.

However, the Leafs could use a big strong defenseman like him. I think they could probably give a little less than Colaiacovo to get him. Colaiacovo had a really strong training camp and looks to be a promising defenseman. Maybe it’d be better if they can deal another prospect (possibly a goalie which Boston desperatly needs). would mu

What are your opinions?


Boston Globe Online


Toronto Sun


29 Responses to Leafs going after McLaren ?

  1. amazing_jesse says:

    I would not hold your breath, but I would do it. McLaren is proven in the NHL; Carlo will be an NHLer, but will not add significantly to the team for another 3-4 years.

  2. Tradedude says:

    what the bloody HELL! this is insanity, i cant beleve this s*** , i am what the hell is Quinn thinking??? McLaren is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO match for rookie colaiacovo, dammit! i hate rumors that make me pissed, i wouldnt give up carlo for jovanovski, quinn doesnt relize, that he hasnt given this guy a chance to make an impression on the leafs in the regular season. yes! in the preseason, and just look what he did in the preseason

    6 games played 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points, first on the leafs, and he’s a rookie, not only that, he’s a DEFENSEMAN.

    mclaren would be lucky to play 40 games a season, and mclaren’s season high is what? 18 points, wow! talk about OVERRATED!

  3. leafbrat says:

    This would be great!!Yes McLaren is injured sometimes but he is a solid NHL defender and would be a great fit on the leaf blueline.Not since Jason Smith have we had a in your face defender.This guy is just mean and would make other teams think twice about charging the Leaf blueline.We have had tough d-men(Yuskie,Markov,and McCabe)but this guy is a punisher.Ask Zednik.He can also move the other teams forwards from in front of the net(unlike Kaber-but that is not his game).This guy would take alot off of McCabe as far as time on the ice is concerned.He and McCabe play the same style and if we could add someone like McCabe we could only benifit.I say give up Carlo even if he has looked good in the preseason.It was only the preseason.McLaren is a proven top 3 NHL defender on any team in the league.Maybe higher.If we got a hope in hell of adding this guy we should do it.Right now!!

  4. leafbrat says:

    I agree with most of what you have said but you would have to admit that Quinn does not like to play rookies over vets.So he would not (and isn’t ) getting any ice time.If you watched the preseason games he made alot of defensive errors.As all rookies do BUT-If the Leafs are going to contend now than they gotta get a Solid D together.What they got now is not cutting it.After McCabe-Kaberle-Svehla-and Pilar there isn’t much.Berg is a stiff.And Lume is out of posistion alot and does not even compare to McLaren.I agree Quinn should not give up on Carlo but we do need a more solid D.Yes it would be great to keep Carlo but does that mean loosing out on someone who can help the D now.A real good d-man like McLaren.He is not over rated as his hits would show.There is more than points to consider.A defender should be well rounded and McLaren is.Yes at the expense of Carlo maybe not but we need a solid rip your head off defender now.And he is the only guy like that out there right now.There is an argument to be made for both sides.

  5. Lint07 says:

    Kyle McLaren is not an offensive defensemen and does play an ”offensive game”. He is a big D that can crush the opponent.

    Don’t judge him with stats like that, bring in defensive stats and then we’ll talk. It’s just like saying: ”Martin Brodeur only had 3 points last year, talk about overrated”

    Other than that, 18 points is not so bad in my opinion for a Big Defensive Defensemen who’s lucky to play 40 games.

    Anyways, I don’t care as long as the Habs finish over Toronto…

  6. Leaf_Expert says:

    i sent the same article, but they didnt post it….I GUESS IT WAS CAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO WROK AT THIS SHI.T SITE COULDnt HANDLE MY EXPERT ANALYSIS!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. ak2797 says:

    That and the fact that you are a ***** dipshit might have had something to do with it.

  8. Lint07 says:

    That’s right, YOU ARE the expert. clap-clap-clap.

  9. Tony says:

    There’s no way Boston is going to make a trade to another team in their divison unless they can clearly win the deal, especially with them playing so well, Boston would want someone in return that could help them right away. A rookie that had a good pre-season but hasn’t even played in the regular season won’t cut it.

  10. acebailey says:

    Did you watch the game tonite? Eddie the Eagle gave up 4 goals on 26 shots, and Kidd is 1 and 3.

    So far Shields looks good in the net for Boston, even the CBC guys were impressed, and for the second straight year, Tim Thomas might have been the best goalie in Bruins camp. Apparently the Bruins front office thinks highly of Grahame, but I don’t see it.

    Mike O’connell was saying that he needs a top 4 D-man for Mclarren, however, Berard, Girard, and Boynton have been playing above expectations, and the Bruins needs may have changed. If the Oilers really offered Marchant and Reasoner for Mclarren, I think the Bs should jump on it. I think they will either take that or some sleeper trade no one has heard of, like Allison and Eloranta for Stumple and Murry, who saw that coming? I hope the Bs can pull another one of those off. It would be another feather in Mr. Mikes hat anyway.

    Mike O’connell said he wanted to see how the road trip and the 1st 10 games went before he sends Kyle packing. Road trip is over, I think Kyle could be moved in the next 7-10 days.

  11. -Swizz- says:

    i guess i blew that call ..

    Shields did look awesome tonite..

    but dont get too excitied over one game…

  12. -Swizz- says:

    maybe i got it in first? lol

    why dont you share your “expert” anaylsis now……

  13. Habs4ever says:

    lol, nice comment about the habs…though the way theodore is playing right now i don’t know if we can finish ahead of toronto*shakes head in shame*

  14. PL81s says:

    It’s pretty clear to me that you leaf fans just read stats and not care about the history of the player. Kyle is always hurt. He is a dman who will get in your players face. but, whats the use if his body is so fragile! Hang on to Carlo! I have seen him play in the preseason. He’s a great dman. Good Skills. Mclaren is nothing but a big cry baby!Don’t touch him. He’s breakable!

  15. big_booty says:

    Boo f*cking hoo.

  16. big_booty says:

    You mean to tell me that the Leafs are giving up on one of their high draft picks? They’re going to send him packing for an oft-injured player with a bad attitude?

    This sounds awful familiar…..

  17. Leaf_Expert says:

    The Leafs would not offer Colaiavcovo for McLaren and the Bruins know that. But the leafs may offer a package of defense men and possibly a forward involved aswell….

    What do I think the Bruins would fall for?…

    To Toronto:Kyle McLaren (and possibly 2-3 career minor leagers).

    To Boston:Jyrki Lumme, Andres Eriksson, Robert Reichel, Jonas Hoglund, and a 2nd round-draft pick.

  18. Stuv_Dogg says:

    I think the above trade would only work if the Bruins threw in Joe Thornton, Brian Rolston and $10 million cash.

    Really though, such a suggestion is the reason why every non-Toronto resident of this site thinks that Leaf fans are complete and utter idiots.

    Think about it: You’re going to trade an average defenseman with a lot of upside but also a lot of downside for a bunch of spare parts from Toronto? And not only are they spare parts, but damn expensive spare parts. You really think Boston will assume what will probably add up to about $8 – 10 million in salary just to get rid of McLaren? Come on …

    Really though, if this trade is going to work, look for the Leafs to give up some good, young prospects and maybe some draft picks. This is Boston we’re dealing with, after all.

  19. booty says:

    Typical leaf fan. Nobody wants your garbage. Now got to box and feel shame.

  20. Rico71 says:


    You suck.

    The only expertise you possess? You are an expert at acting like an idiot. Grow up and shut up.


  21. Rico71 says:

    Not all Leaf fans are idiots.

    Just Leaf_not an_Expert.

    It is incurable I guess.


  22. slipnaughtyboy says:

    Jesus christ u give us a bad name. SHUT UP ALREADY!

  23. Leaf_Expert says:

    McLaren and some carrer minor leaguers is even more garbage buddy!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. leafsrule31 says:

    are you honestly that big of an idiot?

  25. Tradedude says:

    i mean if mclaren can atleast get 70 games in, sure he’s be fine, but for colaiacovo, i dont know.

    i dont unerstand who evrr boston gm is.

    choosing colaiacovo over niinama, hmmmmm……. i dont think so, if we’re looking at potential, then sure!

    this rumor will not last long, quinn even stated in postgame news conference after lastnights game, that he hasnt talked to the GM, and he could offer someone other than colaiacovo,

    maybe JACKMAN could fill in the tough position, and maybe a few picks for the draft.

  26. acebailey says:

    I was thinking the same thing about the Bruins goaltending until recently. It is way too early in the season to get overly optimistic, but I was not expecting things to be going so well in the net or on the blue line for the Bruins.

    I also did not expect things to be going so badly for the Leafs in net. I am a huge Kidd fan, but I am begining to have my doubts about him. I wasn’t very optimistic about Belfour. You just can’t replace Cujo in todays market, unless you get just plain lucky.

  27. NYRfan78 says:

    Only a leaf fan would say somthing this stupid, I wouldn’t give up Carlo for Jovanovski. First of all if Burke was insane and made the offer, Quinn would say yes so fast, and go to Vancouver, and pick up jovo cop to make sure he got him.

    What has Carlo done yet? Not a damm thing, jovo cop is the real deal, and ill take him in a heart beat, over a untested rookie that played well in preseason only.

  28. Motherpucker says:

    How’s this for a trade?

    To Leaf Expert: Pulling head out of ass, (and possibly shutting up)

    To HTR Members: BJ from Leaf Expert’s sister, apology for constantly giving Leaf fans a bad name.

    Sound good everyone? If we are on the strike system, rack me up for #1 there Mick. Posts like this ruin the site.

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