Upshall dealt; defenseman acquired

    The Flyers today dealt winger Scottie Upshall and No. 2 draft pick to Phoenix for hard-nosed winger Dan Carcillo.

    The Flyers traded speed for toughness. Carcillo, a 5-11, 202-pounder, has league-high 174 penalty minutes and is known for his tenacity.

    A short time later, the Flyers acquired defenseman Kyle McLelan, who played only in the AHL this season, from San Jose.

     Carcillo makes $850,000 ($884,000 cap hit), so the deal gives the Flyers a little cap space because Upshall was making $1.2 million.

   Carcillo, 24, who is signed through the end of next season, had three goals and seven assists this year, while Upshall, 25, had seven goals and 14 assists.

    The 6-foot, 197-pound Upshall scored a goal in Boston Tuesday to trigger the Flyers' 4-2 win.

   In another move, the Flyers acquired defenseman McLaren, 31, for a sixth-round draft selection.
McLaren, a 6-4, 230-pouder, had no goals and six assists in 17 games with the AHL Worcester Sharks this season.
    In the 1995 draft, McLaren was Boston's No. 1 pick (ninth overall),
   McLaren is expected to be assigned to the Phantoms. He gives the Flyers depth in case of injuries.
In 719 career NHL games with Boston and San Jose, McLaren had 207 points and was a plus-27.

   Meanwhile, many of the Flyers' Eastern Conference opponents _ especially the Rangers _ made moves to bolster themselves today.