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Meszaros: 22nd healthy scratch ‘tough on your confidence’

Jan 28, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT

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Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will be a healthy scratch tonight against Detroit, marking the 22nd time he’s been in such a position this season.

Needless to say, it’s taking its toll.

“It’s tough on your confidence, tough on your game, it’s tough on everything,” Meszaros said, per the Courier-Post. “But, nothing I can do about it.”

The scratch will be Meszaros’ second in a row — he was parked for Philly’s 6-1 loss to Boston on Saturday as well — and it comes after a stretch in which he dressed in 16 straight games, scoring three goals and 10 points.

So obviously, offense wasn’t the problem.

Defense sure was, though, especially on this goal in a 5-2 loss to Columbus last week:

That was Mezsaros getting walked by Nathan Horton for the Jackets’ fifth and final goal of the evening. It was after that game Flyers head coach Craig Berube decided to park the 28-year-old Slovak, who will be representing his country at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“Mez’s defensive play has fallen and I didn’t like his game in Columbus, so I went with [Erik Gustafsson],” Berube explained. “It’s just what I did.”

  1. ericcoyle15 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    there is absolutely no reason for him to be scratched, he has been playing out of his mind lately offensively he has been great so he has a few bad games defensively so you bench him? pretty sure every defenseman has had a few bad games this year, grossman is the reason we lost to boston and dont even get me started on coburn but yet they dont get scratched mez deserves better, a lot better

    • goodolejr - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Coburn has by far been one of the Flyers best defensemen this year. It’s easy to think he’s one of the issues as he’s on the ice more than any other defenseman, but he’s been solid all year (much MUCH better than last year). I definitely don’t understand Berube’s idea of playing either Gus OR Meszaros. Why not scratch Grossmann or Schenn instead and have both of those guys in the lineup. One of the defense’s biggest issues is they’re too damn slow. I’d rather have more guys who can skate and actually keep up with other teams’ forwards than a bunch of big, slow defensemen who constantly get beaten to odd man rushes and have pucks bouncing off them and into their own net while they’re parked in front.

      • ericcoyle15 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        speed is def an issue but grossmann has been one of our best shot blockers and hitters abd so has luke but i still dont see why you would sit mez for gus id actually rather have gill play then gus

      • goodolejr - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        In what world would anyone want to start Gill over Gus? Before his injury Gus was one of the better defenders. Not to mention he has the speed that this team (especially the defense) is desperately lacking. At this point, with the guys they have to choose from, they’re not a contending team. Why not dress Mes AND Gus, scratch Schenn/Grossmann and give it a shot? What do they have to lose, not make the playoffs? Oh NOOO!!!! If anyone in the Flyers FO thinks this team has a shot at the cup, with the current roster (mainly defense), they should immediately be shown the door.

    • erbaker67 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      He has looked very good offensively. He is not the problem on D. Grossman is terrible. Coburn is a shell of himself. Timonen…I dont know. These guys are not getting it done defensively. Everybody always blames the goaltending in Philly but its time to look at the D corps.

      Just my .02

      • c9castine - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        your defense sucks but your forwards are showing pretty poor commitment to team defense as well. i know philly likes to think steve mason would be a god with a proper defense but he’s not that good. that being said he’s good enough that this team should have an easier time getting out of the bottom 10 in defense.

        guy like meszaros does you no good on the bench while grossman is out there looking like a puck bag. either play him or trade him.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      There’s no denying his offensive production of late but that doesn’t mask the fact that he’s been absolutely atrocious in his own zone the entire season. While it’s true the entire dcorps has been a joke it doesn’t mean Mez hasn’t cost us goals against or potential points. He’s still painfully timid where he used to be physical. The guy is scared to hit anymore bc of his recent injury problems. So while his offense is nice, he’s atleast giving up the same in his own zone.

      Also it makes sense to play Gus as Mez is a UFA and won’t be back and management/coaches want to see if Gustafsson can be a permanent member of the top-6.

  2. thehabsnation - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    He is going to be traded soon

    • shaundre93 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      hmmm, highly talented but struggling dman… only 28… could potentially be bought low… expiring contract… he’s even Slovakian! Am I crazy or should this guy be seriously looked at for big Z’s partner to replace Seidenberg? How much could he cost? Caron + 2nd for Mez? Damaged goods for damaged goods? idk how philly values him right now so it’s hard to say

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        It would be amazing IMO to even get a 2nd for Mez, throw in Caron and I’d definitely do that deal (eventho we need D). It’s hard to put a value on Meszaros bc his numbers look nice but if you’ve watched his game he’s essentially been a forward on the backend. Pairing him with someone like Big Z could revive his career. If I was GM I’d definitely pull the trigger on this (especially with Bourdon getting healthy).

  3. laxman1944 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Ride out the string and clean house in June.

    This club has so many issues a trade is not going to fix it.

    It really sucks…..sucking

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