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Boy oh boy, does Zdeno Chara not want to talk about Andrej Meszaros

03.06.14 at 12:01 pm ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is among the friendliest professional athletes in Boston, so it was a bit odd to see just how much he didn’t want to indulge the media Thursday morning upon the team’s acquisition of his former Ottawa teammate and countryman Andrej Meszaros.

Chara was very short when asked about the team picking up Meszaros, a Slovak defenseman with whom he has played in both Ottawa and the Olympics.

After his session with the media was over, Chara was back to his normal self, politely explaining he would rather the media find out what they want to know about Meszaros from Meszaros directly.

Following is the transcript of Chara’s session Wednesday:

Q: What can you tell us about –

A: Nothing. Ask him.

Q: Yeah?

A: What do you want to know?

Q: Your relationship with him, what he brings to the table. Anything. What’ve you got to say?

A: Ask him. He’s going to be the best guy to ask all those things. You should know. You watch hockey.

Q: I know how much he weighs, how tall he is, where he’s played and everything.

A: Do you watch [his] games, too?

Q: Yeah.

A: So you should know those things.

Q: Is it good to have another Slovak on the team?

A: I don’t look at it that way. I look at it as it’s nice to have more depth on the team. That being said, he’s a Slovak. Obviously it’s nice to have a countryman, but I don’t look at it what nationality guys are. I just like to have more depth on the team. For sure he brings that dimension.

Q: So you’re glad he’s here.

A: I think I’ve answered, no?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Loui Eriksson in, Andrej Meszaros out for Bruins vs. Capitals

03.06.14 at 11:54 am ET
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Loui Eriksson will return to the lineup as expected Thursday night against the Capitals. Eriksson had been kept off the ice the previous two days due to a heel infection that made for discomfort when putting his foot into his skate.

After Thursday’s morning skate, Eriksson explained that he initially cut his heel during the Olympics and that the cut became infected.

“I got a cut in Russia, when I actually went into the cold tub,” he said. “I got a cut on my heel. So it started to get infected here the last couple of days. I’€™m on antibiotics right now, so I think it will be healing pretty good.”

Eriksson said that he played through some pain in Sunday’s win over the Rangers, a game in which he picked up a pair of assists.

“Skating there was kind of painful, but it went away after 10 minutes, after you’€™d been skating around,” he said, “but it’€™s feeling much better now and I think I’€™m going to play tonight, so it’€™s good.”

The recently acquired Andrej Meszaros will not play, though he is in town and took part in Thursday’s morning skate. Thursday will mark Meszaros’ 25th healthy scratch of the season.

As such, the only change to the lineup from Tuesday’s game is that Eriksson will be in, Jordan Caron will be out and Tuukka Rask is expected to be in goal for the B’s.

Defenseman Corey Potter, who was picked up on waivers Wednesday, is not yet with the team but will arrive Thursday afternoon and travel with the B’s to Tampa on Friday.

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Andrej Meszaros hopes for fewer healthy scratches with Bruins

03.05.14 at 7:02 pm ET
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Recently acquired Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros is on his way to Boston and could be available to the Bruins as early as Thursday night. Speaking to a pool reporter, he expressed his excitement to become a Bruin as he moves on from his days with the Flyers.

Meszaros was teammates with Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly in Ottawa and was also a junior teammate of Milan Lucic. The Slovakia native has also been Olympic teammates with Chara since 2006. He said he spoke to Boston’s captain following the trade and looks forward to being a Bruin.

“I’€™m really excited obviously,” Meszaros said. “It’€™s a great opportunity, a great team and a great organization that I am happy to be a part of. Obviously I really liked it here in Philadelphia. It was great — great guys great organization. But this year it wasn’€™t working out for me. I wasn’€™t playing much, I was in and out of the lineup so I am happy now that I have the opportunity now to play hopefully more consistently and I’€™m better. So I’€™m happy it will be a new, fresh start for me and I am really excited.”

In and out of the lineup, indeed. Meszaros was a healthy scratch in 24 games for the Flyers this season and averaged 17:22 of ice time in the games he did play. Once the Flyers traded for Andrew MacDonald, Meszaros became expendable. Now that he’s in Boston, Meszaros hopes the scratches don’t come as frequently.

“It’€™s tough for any player who is not playing regularly,” he said. “We have eight defensemen over here and they were rotating us in and out of the lineup. It’€™s never fun; you always want to play every game and I didn’€™t have the chance to do that here. Hopefully I can do it in Boston and as much as I really like it here. Everybody was so nice to me, all of the trainers and everybody, the guys, all the guys in the room. This is a new opportunity for me and I’€™m really excited. I put it behind me now and I am going to focus for Boston and play the best that I can.”

A left shot who can play both sides, Meszaros could either try to challenge Matt Bartkowski for a spot on the left side or Kevan Miller and (eventually) Adam McQuaid for a spot on the right side. At the very least, he provides the Bruins with depth.

There may be some on-ice growing pains with Meszaros as he leaves Philadelphia, however. Peter Chiarelli told him that it might take time for him to get acclimated to the Bruins’ system, as Philadelphia plays more man-to-man and the B’s play more of a zone. The 28-year-old defenseman doesn’t think adjusting will be too big an issue.

“I think every system is different and I don’€™t think it’€™s going to be hard for me to adjust to that,” he said. “I think I’€™m pretty easy; anything the coach will tell me to do I think I can pick it up really quickly. So I don’€™t think I should have any problem with that.”

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Loui Eriksson has heel infection, wasn’t part of trade talks

03.05.14 at 6:04 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed following the trade deadline that forward Loui Eriksson‘s absence from the ice the last two days had nothing to do with trade talks, but rather a minor ailment. Chiarelli revealed that ailment to be a heel infection.

“Very minor heel injury,” Chiarelli said. “A little infection in the heel that got aggravated when he put his heel in the boot.

“So no, we weren’t trading him,” Chiarelli added with an expression that was half grinning and half annoyed. “‘€¦ He should be fine for tomorrow.”

Eriksson missed Tuesday’s game due to the infection. Claude Julien had said earlier Wednesday that Eriksson was expected to be on the ice for Thursday’s morning skate and play in Thursday night’s game against the Capitals.

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Adam McQuaid has quad strain, Bruins will shut him down for two to three weeks

03.05.14 at 5:43 pm ET
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The Bruins will shut Adam McQuaid down for two to three weeks as he recovers from what Peter Chiarelli finally revealed to be a quad strain. McQuaid has missed 31 games with what the team had previously only called a lower-body injury.

‘€œWe’€™re going to shut him down for two to three weeks,” Chiarelli said. “His injury, while it keeps healing, he has setbacks, so we’€™re going to give him rest two to three weeks and see where he is after that.”

McQuaid was close to returning to the lineup last week before suffering his latest setback. He hasn’t played since Jan. 19 against the Blackhawks.

“He’s got a quad strain. He was really close — you’ve heard Claude [Julien] say [he was] ready and ready to go and stuff, and he had good sessions over the break. He just reaggravated it.”

Chiarelli said that the team is not currently considering surgery. The Bruins GM compared McQuaid’s situation to that of Jared Knight a season ago. Knight dealt with a hamstring injury last season that limited him to just 12 games last season between the AHL and ECHL. The team ended up shutting down Knight for a two-week stretch after a reaggravation.

The Bruins acquired a pair of defensemen Wednesday in Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter. Both can play the right side, though the team currently has Kevan Miller playing on the third pair in McQuaid’s place.

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Bruins teammates weigh in on Andrej Meszaros trade, Thomas Vanek to Canadiens trade

03.05.14 at 4:50 pm ET
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The trade deadline came and went Wednesday, with defenseman Andrej Meszaros the biggest name acquired by the B’s. After the trade deadline, a couple of his new Bruins teammates weighed in on the acquisition.

Chris Kelly knows Meszaros well, as the two were teammates in Ottawa. Kelly said that the 30-year-old Slovakia native uses his 6-foot-2, 220-pound body well.

” ‘€œMez skates extremely well, he’€™s got a great shot and he’€™s a big body,” Kelly said. “He’€™s a left-handed shot. I think that’€™s what Peter [Chiarelli] was saying, you guys were telling me, that they wanted some depth on the back end and I think he fills that.”

Added Kelly: “He’€™s a big, big guy. You’€™ll see. He’€™s a big strong guy. You know all those Slovaks, they’€™re big men.”€

Kelly added that Meszaros will fit in well with the team, saying that the Bruins have had “more difficult guys come into our room in the past.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Canadiens trade for Bruins-killer Thomas Vanek

03.05.14 at 3:37 pm ET
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While the Bruins’ top competition in the East had a relatively quiet trade deadline, it was the Canadiens who made the biggest splash Wednesday, reportedly acquiring Bruins-killer Thomas Vanek from the Islanders.

According to multiple reports, the Canadiens parted with a second-round pick and a prospect in exchange for Vanek, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound winger with 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists) in 53 career games against the B’s. The 30-year-old, who had played his entire career for the Sabres prior to being moved to the Islanders earlier in the season, has 21 goals and 32 assists this season for 53 points.

Earlier in the day, the Penguins traded a pair of draft picks to Florida for center Marcel Goc. Pittsburgh leads the Eastern Conference with 86 points, while the Atlantic-leading Bruins are second in the East with 83 points. Montreal has 75 points and sits second in the Atlantic Division, though the Habs have played 63 games to Boston’s 61.

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