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Kyle McLaren to Flyers for a sixth round pick

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Defenseman Kyle McLaren joins the Flyers from the San Jose Sharks. Philly gives up a sixth round pick in the deal.

The 31-year-old has not played in the NHL this season, playing just 17 games with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL since being placed on waivers to make room for other players in October.

He is a big stay-at-home guy listed at 6 foot 4, 230 pounds. He's known for his body checking, as seen here and here.

His cap hit is listed at 2.5 million this season and he's unrestricted in July. Eeek.

This is looking at the bright end of the spectrum, but McLaren could be real big for the Flyers in the playoffs. He brings a Hatcher like presence without the bum knees, not to mention a ton of experience.

My question is this: where does McLaren fit in the lineup? Jones or Alberts would have to go, here. UPDATE with an answer to that question. McLaren will be on the Phantoms and is purely a depth guy at this point.