Leafs Ready To Deal For McLaren

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As mentioned by TFP, the Leafs are attempting to Bloster their defense and the Star suggests they can do so with the likes of Kyle McLaren.It has been reported by numorous sites that the Leafs have offered rookie defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo for McLaren but reasent reports have indicated that young star Karl Pilar has now fallen into trade talks with the Bruins.

“You try and find answers (to strengthen your team), but sometimes you’re standing still (by trading players of roughly equal value).” Quinn said.

Due to the Leafs awfull slow start to the season many critics have pointed at the Leafs defense as a weakness.

The quickest solution would be landing a proven player such as McLaren. Obvious problems blocking a deal would be O’Connell’s reluctance to trade within the Northeast Division.

But inter-division trades aren’t taboo (the Leafs and Bruins had a Jonas Hoglund trade voided by a wonky fax machine last year). But Jonas Hoglund could be also in trade talks for McLaren aswell.

No source has reported exactly what a deal would look like or when. If any idication it isn’t going to be too long due to Bostons recent injuries and the Leafs lack of contender type play this so far this season.

W.C.”


35 Responses to Leafs Ready To Deal For McLaren

  1. BabyLeaf says:

    Don’t be stupid Pat…Carlo is the teams FUTURE, (and hell even Pilar has great potential) McLaren is always getting hurt and he’s old…

    Trading Hoglund, Reichel, Lumme, Berg, Erikkson (yes they suck), but I personally do not think McLaren is worth all that.

    JMO

    Jillian

  2. MantaRay says:

    Based on the unnamed sources of Maclaren rumors (Mike O’Connell) of the past month that means the Leafs will be getting him for Mats Sundin.

    Or the other extreme: the Leafs will resign Cory Cross and package him with Andropov and Hoglund to beantown.

    Eitherway, Pillar looks too good to trade for a #5 or 6 defenseman that is always hurt.

    Colaiacovo could probably do it.

  3. MantaRay says:

    I have only seen two leafs games this season and don’t remember Carol out there at all. I remember Pillar looking like a great passer and powerplay man.

    Is this wrong?

  4. mikster says:

    For some crazy reason, Quinn did not have Carlo playing, don’t ask me why.

    Carlo must have played a neutral game when you watched him. A defenseman usually gets his name announced when making bad mistakes or starting a nice rush, or having a real strong game in general. Or, the announcers just sucked!

    Pillar is good, and he was sharp in the playoffs, but he will end up being traded since he is the most tradable and affordable player on their team.

    Carlo is good though, he’s got italian blood, he’s gotta be good!

  5. mikster says:

    I’d rather trade Pillar than Carlo. Carlo was a 1st round pick, and a very solid d-man.

  6. Bruins4771 says:

    I just want a deal done. We shouldve already had hoglund. The leafs would get solide defenseman and with they way their defense looks like right now, ANYTHING would be help………..

  7. LEON says:

    McLaren has played 7 seasons and he’s only 25. So he’s got alot more experience than the average 25 year old NHLer. The fact is, if McLaren was on the leafs he would be one of their youngest players?

  8. Cam says:

    He isn’t old. the leafs do need better defence men. But at the the same team they need more offence. there goalie is okey. Yes I believe if McLaren is traded he hill be going to the leafs.But the thing is he is a injury prone.If he stayed healthy he would be a pretty good d-man. But right now is a 4th defence at best. but I think the Leafs suck anways

  9. MossRocks says:

    Gotta be good? Italian hockey players are just like the Italian army… they would have trouble beating the Ethiopians.

  10. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    Carlo has more potential, but Pilar is slowly becoming a very good D man. He has pretty damn good offensive skills to go with some good defensive skills.

    But you’re right, Carlo shouldn’t go.

    If they do trade for McClaren, I hope they don’t have to give up any defensemen becasue if they could have:

    Pilar, Kaberle, Svehla, McCabe, Mclaren, Berg/Lumme/Belak, they’d have a very good defense corps. I mean, think about it. In 2-3 years when all of those young D-men are playing to (or at least near) their full potential, then the leafs would have an amazing defense.

  11. Leaf_Expert says:

    OK, juss seen da the Leafs/Atlants game…SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE THE LEAFS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!

    P.S.Tie smacked Sutton pretty gooood…….

  12. mikster says:

    Watch it….

    Bullshit how people portray the Italian army in this country. This is why i disrespect many Italian-Americans, they feel like Italians yet they don’t know what the island of Sardinia is.

    Italians didn’t have trouble beating the Ethiopians, and the only reason why they wanted their land was for their natural resources.

    Too much misinformation here…..

    …and don’t offend my country. You want to experience their army? I’ll tell you were to go, at leats some fascists are still around to take things seriously and have pure guts. Not saying i am a fascist, i just know lots of em…

  13. mikster says:

    Without Kovalchuck on the line-up…..

    unexcusable.

  14. gzus2380 says:

    Just finished watching leafs/thrashers…Quinn has to do sumthing now and quickly…..trade belfour for a solid defenseman and then sign dafoe.

  15. acebailey says:

    If “Bostons recent injuries” are going to expidite this trade, the Bs won’t want a Defenseman, they will want a Forward. I know the Leafs have plenty of good forwards, however, I don’t know if they have any expendable ones that O’connell would take for McLarren.

    Don’t forget, the Bruins have 3 good goalies now. Shields has pretty much won the #1 spot, and Thomas and Grahame are both good enough for the #2 spot, sending any of them to Providence would be stupid, as Raycroft is the heir aparent in a few years. The Isles or the Thrashers or even the Caps could put togather a package for Maclarren and a goalie and Toronto would miss out. This is O’connells style, he sent Allison + Eloronta to LA for Stumpel and Murry.

    Someone will cough up an even trade for Mclarren, and Quinn will be left in the dust if he doesn’t do it soon.

  16. leafsrule31 says:

    kovalchuks been a joke so far this season anyways… -13?

  17. Seattleaf says:

    I second that!

  18. BabyLeaf says:

    Oh wow sorry, I thought he was a lot older. Nonetheless in my opinion, I don’t think he’s that great…not that much of an upgrade for the guys on the team.

  19. BabyLeaf says:

    Quinn only played Carlo is like 2 games so far…so maybe he wasn’t in the game you saw.

    But anyway, yah I think Carlo is that good. He is young now…but I think trading him will be a HUGE mistake.

  20. MossRocks says:

    HA HA HA I knew that would get you going. I’m just kidding around, mikster. The WWII Italian references always work…

  21. NYIchooch75 says:

    Why would the Isles want a goalie? Why for that matter would the Islanders want McLaren? The only thing I can see happening with the Isles & B’s is a possible DiPietro, Isbister, Hamrlick for Samsanov & McLaren. Osgood and Snow are better than anything the Bruins can offer in a trade, and they wouldn’t take a goalie anyway with DiPietro waiting in the wings. More than likely, with their recent slump, they trade for a proven scorer to play with Yashin and Samsanov would be so perfect…

  22. NYIchooch75 says:

    OK, I’m going to get hammered by this but…

    Why does anyone care about this guy? Is he that good? The only thing I know about him is he often injured and tried to kill Zednick in last years playoffs. As far as I’m concerned, he’s right up there with Tucker and Roberts. But anyway, can someone who has seen McLaren play a lot let me know if there is star potential there to be a great defensman? I know when he first came up they had him playing with Ray Bourque as the future of the team.

    Another thing…how come he isn’t hated like Yashin was/is(in Ottawa anyway)? His situation is almost EXACTLY the same. He is under contract but holding out. I realize Yashin wanted more money than Alexander “The Franchise” Daigle, but what is McLaren’s motives? Just want some insight because the Islanders are rumored as potential suitors. Also, anyone hear anything about Samsonov coming to the Island? Just curious.

    P.S. – I am not in anyway defending Yashin at all. I love the guy and I really happy the Isles got him, but thought what he did was pretty F’d up. Just want some feedback as to why it isn’t brought up with McLaren.

  23. sumthingbruin says:

    I don’t understand your insistence that McLaren is 5th or 6th defensemen. Granted he’s not a #1 or even a #2 but to say he’s a third shifter is foolish. When he’s healthy, he can totally physically dominate a game. The year before last he almost single handedly beat the wings…absolutely laying out Gilchrist, Fedorov and Draper in the first period alone with big high-light type hits. In the third he got the GWG.

    His offense is usually non-existent…but he’s a D-man! And he’s one of toughest and hardest hitting ones in the league. Wait til OConnell pulls the trigger on a deal…THe b’s will get a lot for him. a lot more than a 2nd rate prospect from the Laffs.

  24. big_booty says:

    Honestly, I don’t think this deal has a chance.

    First of all, Pat Quinn is notorious for dragging his feet and letting other teams get the object of his desire. His handling of negotiations while trying to acquire Rob Blake and Eric Lindros are evident of this. His attitude that players should want to play for his franchise because it is the “Mecca” of hockey (complete crap) will be his downfall.

    Second, look at that quote from the GM/coach: “You try and find answers (to strengthen your team), but sometimes you’re standing still (by trading players of roughly equal value).” Think about that for a second. If Big Pat thinks that acquiring McLaren will make his team better, he is mistaken. It would be a lateral move at best, not a drastic improvement.

    Third, if the Leafs’ defense has been so horrible this season, then what is the common denominator? The defensive corps is virtually the same as last year, with one glaring exception: Dmitri Yushkevich. The Leafs got Robert Svehla for him, a guy who they had to bribe out of retirement by paying his Czech team. If Toronto is so hot after McLaren, why go for Svehla? Why not offer Yushkevich for McLaren? Mike O’Connell probably would have done that deal.

    Finally, let’s look at the reasons why McLaren is holding out. First and foremost is money. Second is the fact that he has greatly succeeded in pissing off every single member of the Boston franchise, so much so that no one from the team attended his off-season wedding. On the money side, Kyle thinks he is worth alot more than he is, and wants to be paid accordingly. Why do that in Toronto? The tax structure alone would nullify any benefit to playing north of the border. As for his attitude, do you really think that the Leafs would want another headache in the locker room? If he was excommunicated from Boston, would the Leafs really welcome him with open arms as a savior, forgiving all his past transgressions? I don’t think so.

    Let’s not forget that these rumors are merely suggestions from the media, and not taken from within the inner sanctum of either team. Also take into consideration that O’Connell is under no pressure to make a deal, he can wait as long as he wants, just like he did with Jason Allison last season.

    If plug in all these variables into the equation, the product ends up being no deal.

  25. LeafsSuckAss says:

    Why would any team trade for belfour and his 6 mil contract when there are better goalies out there like hackett and dafoe for 3.5 mil? Just a thought….

    Leafs…Suck…Ass

  26. BayStBullies says:

    Yeah ,Carlo has asserted himself well.Although he good improve on the defensive side of things(I know he’s just 19),he jumps into the rush well and skates very well.In fact,I would much rather see him out there then,Lumme.Yes Carlo will make mistakes and he has.Fact being I would much rather have a young guy out there where he can only improve from the expierence then an old washed up has-been like Lumme who makes mistakes on a constant basis.Lumme has lost his desire and a young kid like Carlo should have plenty of that.

  27. nixter says:

    Kyle will drastically help us. His bone crushing hits swing the momentum of any game at any given time. He is a leader. He is very young and will learn how to play without getting injured.

    There is a rumour in Boston that St.Louis has offered a first and 2 good young prospects. I say give them a first, being it will be at the bottom of the pack and throw in Joglund and or Antropov and or Pilar and or Carlo.

    Carlo is not that good…sorry. He looked out of position a lot and doesn’t have the best wheels. That is why Quinn only let im play two games.

    Anyways, I say DO IT QUICK before McLaren is gone. We will be left hanging once again if we dont.

  28. nixter says:

    Kyle will drastically help us. His bone crushing hits swing the momentum of any game at any given time. He is a leader. He is very young and will learn how to play without getting injured.

    There is a rumour in Boston that St.Louis has offered a first and 2 good young prospects. I say give them a first, being it will be at the bottom of the pack and throw in Joglund and or Antropov and or Pilar and or Carlo.

    Carlo is not that good…sorry. He looked out of position a lot and doesn’t have the best wheels. That is why Quinn only let im play two games.

    Anyways, I say DO IT QUICK before McLaren is gone. We will be left hanging once again if we dont.

  29. BayStBullies says:

    Belfour isn’t the problem.It’s the other parts of the equation; the defence and the offense are not commited to playing defensively at all.Well Belfour hasn’t been great ,most of the goals you can’t put on his shoulders alone.

  30. Leaf_Expert says:

    Instead of devoting all their time on defense and the likes of McLaren the Leafs should go after a forward like Pierre Turgeon….He’s had great success in the East and is a solid 2nd line center who would help the Leafs on scoring.(Especially on another line instead of the top line)!

  31. Tradedude says:

    roberts does not go around and kill ppl! he’s a fully determined hockey player, and has the heart and skill to help the leafs go as far as possible into the playoffs.

  32. acebailey says:

    Hey Dude,

    I have that NHL center ice thing on my dish that lets me watch like every game in the world, and I watch the Isles alot, because I think they are pretty cool and I watched them alot last year. All I am saying is I don’t think Snow or Ozzy have been playing up to par so far this year. DiPietro is the goalie of the future, bit I think he needs to ripen some more in the minors. I don’t think he has put up great numbers. I could be wrong. But I think we can both agree, the Isles have to do somthing.

  33. mebeda says:

    I’ve seen McLaren play a lot over the years and he is a very good player. He hits hard, is a decent skater, he’s positionally very sound and is a good penalty killer. He has a very hard shot, but its very inaccurate. He doesn’t handle the puck well nor does he distribute it well.

    In a typical season, he starts out as the #1 or #2 defenseman then gets hurt. He misses 10 games or so, works his way back to being the #1/#2 defenseman then gets hurt again and the cycle keeps going. Unlike what most who post on this site think, he’s not a #5/#6 dman.

    He’s not a cheap player. I’m not defending what he did to Zednik, but that was the only time that he has ever been suspended. In addition, his situation is NOt the same as that of Yashin. McLaren is not under contract. He’s a restricted free agent.

    I haven’t seen enough of the Islanders this year to say if McLaren would be a good fit for them. If they need a defensive defenseman, he could be their guy. I wouldn’t hold your breathe on the Isles putting a deal together for Samsonov. Since he has been hurt, the Bruins first line has struggled. I’m not sure Mike O’Connell would trade him.

  34. acebailey says:

    Hey Dude,

    I have that NHL center ice thing on my dish that lets me watch like every game in the world, and I watch the Isles alot, because I think they are pretty cool and I watched them alot last year. All I am saying is I don’t think Snow or Ozzy have been playing up to par so far this year. DiPietro is the goalie of the future, bit I think he needs to ripen some more in the minors. I don’t think he has put up great numbers. I could be wrong. But I think we can both agree, the Isles have to do somthing.

    Also… please forget about Samsonov. I can’t tell you how many times some fan from outside of Boston has made some comment on this site like ” geez… I think Samsonov could really help my favorite team the Maple Leafs, maybe the Leafs could trade a 9th round draft pick in 2020 for him straight up with the Bruins picking up $2 million of his salery at the same time.”

    I am not trying to bust on you in particular, but let me let it out of the bag, Thornton and Samsonov are untouchable. The Isle will trade Peca and Yashin for future considerations before that happens.

  35. MossRocks says:

    I would lay off the tax argument, because you don’t know the foggiest thing about it. When you compare the top tax brackets in Canada and the US you will find that there is little difference. The only reason I know this is that last year Edmonton and Calgary were in the Top 5 cities in the league in terms of low taxes. How would you explain that?

    If you are talking about taxes on regular people, then yes, income taxes are higher in Canada. However, we are talking ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ here and your statement is not one of fact in this case.

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