Mclaren is a safe signing, especially at league minimum, because even if he is bad i dont think there's any harm to him as a 7th defenseman. Good fallback and forces one of Sauer/Sanguinetti/Potter/Heineken to play well enough to make the team rather than having a designated spot.
Why was the McLaren thread closed? That was an impressive call by the original poster.
It was, and it's no attempt to take away any credit from Crazyhorse30! Just trying to keep the discussion to one thread, instead of two.
Here's the first post from Crazyhorse30 in the "Proposal: Kyle McLaren for a training camp invite" thread he started:
Originally Posted by Crazyhorse30
I've been saying this for a while and I want to know what all of you think. The Rangers have two spots open on defense, one of which I would like to see go to a rookie and the other to a guy like Seidenberg or Bouillion if they can be signed. But if those options aren't possible, how about a training camp invite for Kyle McLaren?
He hasn't been in the best of shape of late (which is why I suggest an invite and not an actual contract) but when he is healthy he is one of the hardest checkers in the league, something the Rangers sorely lack. He could probably be had for league minimum or at least under a million dollars so I think a training camp invite couldn't hurt.
I know people will be yelling about "playing the kids" but this team could really use some physicality on the back line, something we haven't really had since way before the lockout.
I think they are more hoping for him to impress and show that he can play as the 7th d-man and be there in case of an injury. It gives Torts the ability to bnech someone if he wants to and if he would sign for league minimum it makes sense cap-wise. However wouldnt this put the Rangers at the 50 contract limit(if they decided to sign him)?
Dubinsky will be contract #49. A possible McLaren signing puts them at #50 but if MDZ gets sent back to London,the Rangers open up a contract spot and drop to 49 contracts.
I'm really rooting for McLaren here. He seems like a really down to earth guy, and even with all the injuries is still 10x more physical than any of our other D men. I found this interview pretty funny,
Q: "Would you want to win the Stanley Cup if it took ten years off your life?"
KM: "Hell yeah I'd want to be 28"
McLaren really laid out Richard Zednik in the playoffs one year. It's on youtube. Montreal came back to win that series after the hit.
"I think it was a clean hit," Bruins assistant GM Jeff Gorton told the Boston Herald Friday morning. "We just watched the replay 10 times. I hope the kid is OK. But it was a clean hit. McLaren hit him with his tricep.
"No way should there be a suspension. I'd be shocked if there was. The guy is coming full speed and he cuts in on him, and Kyle is trying to stop him. There was nothing dirty about it at all."
not really expecting McLaren to show much. maybe he'll make it as the 7th defenseman who can fill in when necessary and when the Rangers need a big body, but I don't think he has it in him to be a regular anymore
I remember when I would have killed to have the guy on the Rangers, but not now