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Bruins trade conditional pick to Flyers for Andrej Meszaros

Posted By DJ Bean On March 5, 2014 @ 2:57 pm In General | 32 Comments

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 [1]. 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 [2]. The two were teammates in Ottawa and have been Olympic teammates for Slovakia since 2006 in Turin.

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