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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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Bruins trade conditional pick to Flyers for Andrej Meszaros

03.05.14 at 2:57 pm ET
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The Bruins have acquired defenseman Andrej Meszaros from the Flyers, according to a league source. Meszaros, 28, is in the final year of his contract and has spent numerous games as a healthy scratch this season.

The Bruins will send a conditional third-round pick in the 2014 draft to Philadelphia. If the team reaches the Eastern Conference finals and Meszaros plays in at least two-thirds of Boston’s games in the postseason, the pick will become a 2014 second-rounder. It would also become a 2014 second-rounder if the team re-signs him prior to the draft. If neither of those conditions are met and the team signs him after the draft, a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft goes to Philadelphia.

With Meszaros, the Bruins get a 6-foot-2, 223-pound defenseman blueliner with a left shot who has ample experience playing on both sides. The Bruins were in need of depth on the left side of their defense after the season-ending ACL injury suffered by Dennis Seidenberg. Meszaros has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points and a plus-1 rating for Philadelphia this season.

Meszaros has averaged 17:22 of ice time per game this season for the Flyers, though he averaged 20 minutes or more a night in six seasons prior to the lockout-shortened 2013 season. He became expendable after the Flyers traded for defenseman Andrew MacDonald Tuesday.

For the sake of comparison, Matt Bartkowski, Boston’s second-pairing left defenseman, has averaged 19:24 of ice time this season.

Meszaros’ biggest connection to the Bruins, literally, is Zdeno Chara. The two were teammates in Ottawa and have been Olympic teammates for Slovakia since 2006 in Turin.

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Andy Brickley on M&M: Adding a defenseman ‘a definite must for the Bruins’

03.05.14 at 2:40 pm ET
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NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about which defensemen the Bruins could add before Wednesday’s trade deadline, the possibility of adding a veteran forward and more. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

With rumors swirling that the Blue Jackets and Bruins could be trade partners, Brickley provided information on Columbus defensemen Jack Johnson and Niktia Nikitin.

“Jack Johnson more of an offensive guy,” Brickley said. “€œLikes to have the puck, likes to jump into the play, wants to be in on every power-play opportunity. Has some wrist to his game, he is highly skilled. But when the U.S. was putting its team together for the Olympics, he’€™s not inside the top eight, which tells you maybe his game has gone in the wrong direction.”

Added Brickley: “Nikitin may be more of the type of player the Bruins were looking at. Big body, allows the system to be your friend, do your job, be a hard, physical, punishing guy in your own zone, make the simple play. Maybe he’€™s more of a fit based on the fact that you don’€™t want to subtract much from your roster in order to go get what you think you need. And I think Nikitin is really probably higher on the want list even though Jack Johnson is the more of a talent player.”

Brickley said the Bruins should add depth to their defense, knowing that injuries have clouded the depth chart.

“€œIf you look at their D, you know [Zdeno] Chara, [Dougie] Hamilton, [Matt] Bartkowski, [Johnny] Boychuck, [Torey] Krug, [Kevan] Miller, and now you don’€™t know what [Adam] McQuaid‘€™s situation is. You obviously don’€™t have [Dennis] Seidenberg.”

Added Brickley: “€œDoes that give you enough? The Bruins went through nine defensemen last year, the Chicago Blackhawks really only played six, I think their seventh defensemen played one, so they stayed healthier, but the Bruins went through nine D. And the guy that played the least was Wade Redden, and I think he played somewhere around five games, so you need as many defensemen, healthy defensemen, experienced defensemen, versatile defensemen and the right attitude defensemen if you think you’€™re going to have a long playoff run. So I think that is a definite must for the Bruins.”

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Tim Thomas traded to Stars; Nick Schultz traded to Blue Jackets

03.05.14 at 2:30 pm ET
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Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo weren’t even teammates for a day, as the Panthers traded Thomas to the Stars prior to Wednesday’s trade deadline.

In Dallas, Thomas will be reunited with former Bruins teammates Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley. The three were on Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team.

Luongo responded to the trade on twitter in predictably hilarious fashion.

The Bruins also lost another potential defense option in the final hour before the deadline, as Columbus swung a deal with Edmonton for defenseman Nick Schultz.

Bruins reportedly claim defenseman Corey Potter off waivers from Oilers

03.05.14 at 12:19 pm ET
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The Bruins have claimed defenseman Corey Potter off waivers from the Oilers, according to multiple reports. Potter is a 30-year-old, 6-foot-3 right shot who could serve as a depth option on the blue line. He is an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Potter had appeared in 16 games for the Oilers this season, picking up five assists and 21 penalty minutes while playing 14:47 per game. He was used in extremely low-leverage situations, ranking last among Edmonton’s nine qualified defensemen in ice time and quality of competition. Even in those sheltered situations, he struggled, posting the worst CorsiRel (shot attempts for/against relative to his teammates) on the team.

 

Loui Eriksson, Adam McQuaid absent from Bruins practice

03.05.14 at 12:03 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Loui Eriksson and Adam McQuaid were the only Bruins not on the ice for Wednesday’s practice.

Eriksson missed Tuesday’s game with a “minor issue,” according to Claude Julien, and is expected to be back in the lineup Thursday against the Capitals. Though his absence has led to speculation with the trade deadline coming at 3 p.m. Wednesday, a Bruins source said Tuesday that Eriksson’s absence has nothing to do with a potential trade.

Eriksson was at the practice, however, with Julien saying that he will skate and play Thursday.

Furthermore, Bruins forward Jordan Caron revealed — perhaps accidentally — after Tuesday’s game that Eriksson’s absence was due to a “little incident,” which would be consistent with him having a minor issue.

“I think Loui had a little incident there, so he couldn’€™t go tonight,” Caron said.

The team has yet to make a decision on what they will do with McQuaid, who has been out since Jan. 19 with a lower-body injury. The B’s are deciding whether to shut him down for the time being or have him proceed with his rehab.

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