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Bruins acquire Meszaros from Philly

Mar 5, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

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Boston has added another piece to its blueline, getting Andrej Meszaros from Philly in exchange for a third-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Meszaros, 28, has been the odd man out in Philly for most of the year, sitting long stretches as a healthy scratch while making just 38 total appearances. Offensively, he’s a decent pickup — five goals and 17 points this season — but his work defensively and skating ability leave something to be desired.

It will be interesting to see if he’s paired at all with Zdeno Chara in Boston. The two have been teammates on the Slovakian national team for a while, and were d-man partners in Ottawa during the 2005-06 campaign.

Meszaros is in the final of a six-year, $24 million deal with a $4 million cap hit.

Earlier today, the Bruins claimed Edmonton defenseman Corey Potter off waivers.

  1. thailer35 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    “five points and 17 points this season”

    Can’t seem to figure out the math on this one…

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Fixed already. Halford has defeated us!

      • thailer35 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        That sly devil! He always wins!

  2. jcmeyer10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    In Chiarelli we trust. Looks like the asking price was too high and he would rather not add a piece than get worked.

    This type of restraint should pay off in keeping this team a contender with solid (read young and cheap) depth to balance out high salaries of vets.

  3. thesportsjudge - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    ” five points and 17 points this season”

    five goals.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      He’s just being a rabble rouser.

      • thesportsjudge - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Poppycock!

    • thailer35 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      We’re on you like whitey-tighties, Halford.

  4. macgrubie - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Change of scenery could be really good for him. Once looked like a really good d man.

  5. sjsharks66 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Good deal for both teams.

  6. pastabelly - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    The skating problem bothers me. With Chara slowing down and Boychuck more of the lumbering type, acquiring a better skater might have helped, especially against the Canadiens. We’ll see how this works out.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      i honestly thought Meszaros’ skating is the best part about him… not that that’s saying a WHOLE lot, but he’s been playing decently lately.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Mez is actually a decent skater, I don’t agree that it’s a problem. To me, though, he’s not a good fit for the Bruins defensively conscious scheme… he’s terrible in his own zone. But I guess playing with Chara would certainly help that. Also, Mez used to be somewhat physical, but since his injuries he’s played scared. He won’t hit anyone. I like this a lot fpr the Flyers as it means we essentially gave up a 2nd for MacDonald.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        gave up a 2nd (and Meszaros) for MacDonald.*

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Yeah my mistake, but that’s perfectly acceptable in my mind… I like MacD and Gustafsson far more than I do Mez. Now Berube has some options with 7 adequate to good blueliners to mix and match (plus Hal Gill for emergencies). The Flyers got (atleast) slightly better and got something for a guy who wasn’t going to be resigned. Plus, Homer resisted the temptation to deal away the future (Schenn, Coots, Laughton, Morin, picks, etc) for an injury-prone and almost 30 Ryan Kesler. That’s all I could’ve asked for from Holmgren, other than a stud #1 defender which isnt realistic.

  7. sixchr - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Good job Chiarelli, just throwing your chances away. He’s known the Bruins have needed a top 4 defenseman for two months and he answers with a couple, crap bucket depth defensemen. The Bruins are perfectly content with losing in the playoffs with what they currently have. Disgraceful job.

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Seems a bit harsh.

      • sixchr - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        The Bruins have a window and they aren’t capitalizing on it. I’ve watched the Patriots do it for the last decade. When you have the opportunity to win and you choose not to get the piece that could put you over the top and are just satisfied with being “in the mix” it’s aggravating. The Bruins needed a top 4 defensemen and they didn’t get one.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      BruinsRedskins, is that you?

    • freestyle1022 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Please tell me what Chiarelli could have done differently here? He said right from the beginning he wasn’t looking to subtract, and only to add. So he did exactly what he set out to do. Meszaros fits right in with the plan of not overpaying for the likes of Edler, Johnson or Ehrhoff. McDonald for two picks and a prospect to be a #5? No thank you. Do they really give you that much of a boost DEFENSIVELY than a so called “top-4″ that was possibly available? No.. Do you want to be the Penguins who have limited ability beyond their top 6 forwards? No.

      Why don’t you go and listen to some more Felger and Mazz? They aren’t just satisfied with making it the the ECF. They’ve made the cup two of the last three years, and have spent to the cap every year, while not sacrificing the talent pool beyond Boston. Look at all the guys that have come up through the system within the last year who are contributors now: Bart, Krug, Miller. And they still have the likes of Hamilton, Smith, and Spooner to help the core they will have for the next 6+ years.

      • gottalovene - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Not to mention they also have Morrow, Khokhlachev and Fraser in the AHL, and have a nice bit of goalie depth with Subban and Svedberg that they can use in future years to replace aging pieces.

  8. pats2001 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    not a shockah with this move and with the overall lack of major moves by the B’s brass…not really their style

    • pastabelly - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      It was only their style the year they won the Cup when they did make big moves at the deadline. Go figure.

      • nunan - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        hardly consider those moves in 2011 “big”. Effective, yes…big, no.

      • pats2001 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        true, but most of their roster is solidified now…it wasn’t so much in 2011

      • kcbruinsfan - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Wouldn’t say the B’s went big in 2011 before their Cup run either. They made a few deals prior to the trade deadline, but wouldn’t say they were exactly earthshattering. They picked up Chris Kelly for a 2nd round pick (who has turned out to be a valuable and vital asset for the Bruins) but don’t think anyone was jumpiong up and down thinking that bringing in a player who at that point in his career had contributed 176 points in 463 games. A solid 2 way player, yes, but not anything resembling a major move.

        Only other pre-deadline deal was sending Wheeler and Stuart to Atlanta for Peverly and some Dman that never played a game in a Bs sweater. Peverly was a key contributor as well, but his playoff performance in 2011 was more of an outlier than the norm. In 25 playoff games in 2011 he recorded 25 points. In 28 playoff games in the following to seasons w/ the Bs he recorded a total of 7. His hot streak in 2011 helped the B’s win the Cup, but wouldn’t classify this deal as anything anyone would have said is the final piece of the puzzle to at the trade deadline.

        Bruins general don’t make major moves at the deadline, and don’t think they did in 2011 either. The players they brought in proved to be vital pieces in the Cup run, but not the flashy players that draw headlines.

  9. flyerspsu - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    good move for the Bruins, Meszaros will surprise a lot of people, he is only 28 and finally getting healthy again and showing his dynamic offensive ability

    the last season Meszaros was healthy he won the best Flyers defenseman award over the likes of Timonen, Coburn and Carle and was 2nd in the league in +/-, there is a reason he was signed to that 6 year 24 mil contract back then

    as a Flyers fan im not necessarily a fan of the move but pretty much had to do it w/ the Mcdonald pick up, we essentially traded a 2nd rounder and Meszaros for McDonald

  10. chrisk61 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    meszaros stole money from flyers for a few yrs now. plus he was often injured. he was good at the start of his philly tenure and — what a surprise…shocked i tell you — seemed to bounce back this yr, particularly offensively. but his body of work in philly was he stole money and was often injured. holmgren did right thing, grit his teeth and dumped him despite meszaros playing well lately.

  11. mgp1219 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    He’s no better than what the B’s already have. Who sits now? Doesn’t make sense to me other than maybe adding depth.

    • nunan - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      From the outset, all PC wanted to do was add depth. People were expecting some blockbuster when that was never the plan. He said he wanted to go into the playoffs with 8 D, including trying to add a top 4 d-man. That’s what he did. Their big move was trading Seguin for Eriksson (who I believe has yet to really hit his stride here given the change in scenery and all the conussions…was a 70pt guy regularly) and Smith. They then got Iggy. Everyone lives in the moment though and forgets those massive deals. It’s only, “they didn’t go big at the deadline so therefore they’re a failure”. Nope, they’re just doing what they always do and it will show come playoff time..again.

      • mgp1219 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        nunan,

        OK, but who sits now?

      • nunan - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        So, they have Chara, Boychuk, Hamilton, Bartkowski, Krug, Miller, Mezaros, and an injured McQuaid. McQuaid obviously takes up one spot on the bench, and the other will be one of the young guys. I don’t see it being a problem, more of a benefit bc they have an experienced D man to throw in to the mix and all the other guys to compete for the final spot. Competition for spots is something the Bs clearly like to implement. It’s a good ‘problem’. They wanted 8 D so obviously two people would have to sit.

  12. mgp1219 - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    I know all that, but I’m asking who sits??

    • nunan - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Okay, not sure why you want an arbitrary answer here. The Bs don’t even know who will sit…who do YOU think will sit? I’ll go, Miller and Bart…but who really knows or cares at this point..

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      By adding an NHL ready/quality depth type like Mez they can rotate the 7 or 8 (depending on McQuaid) and give Z some much needed games off, here and there. They have an 8 point cushion in the division with 2 games at hand so getting Z games off down the stretch to allow him to recharge is the ONLY chance they’ll have come postseason. This will be easier to do with this addition. I would expect to see more of Chad Johnson, unfortunately, down the stretch for the same reasons with regards to Rask’s playing time.

    • dolanster - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Bartowski sits. He’s the least effective offensively and tied for biggest D liability with Hamilton.

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