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Andy Brickley on M&M: Andrej Meszaros ‘gives you options’

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about Andrej Meszaros, the B’s defense and more. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page [1].

While Brickley still has doubts about the Bruins depth at wing, he sees the Meszaros trade as one that will help the Bruins figure out their best defensive combination.

“I’m not sure I’€™m convinced that if there are injuries to the four lines, as currently constituted, that they have enough in the wings waiting to step in,” Brickley said. “The organization, obviously, believes they probably do, but ”the emphasis was to definitely go get a defenseman, and now bringing in Meszaros, that gives you options.”

Added Brickley: “And it gives you — ’cause he can play left or right — and it gives you competition for ice time and actually be in uniform. You see Dougie Hamilton, the first casualty. They’re trying to figure out guys. Who’s going to play with [Zdeno] Chara in the playoffs? They want that shutdown pair and they’€™re not sure where it’€™s at right now and that was the whole reason to go get a guy like Meszaros.”

While the Bruins like what they see from Meszaros so far, the real test starts Wednesday night against Montreal, according to Brickley.

“I think the competition has started,” Brickley said. “It started the other night in Florida with Meszaros going to the lineup. They really like what he brought on that power play, being a left shot, being able to work the overload on the one side with other left shots on the half wall, whether it’s [Carl] Soderberg or [Loui] Eriksson, whoever it might be. They like that look.”

Added Brickley: “Now keep in mind that’s the Florida Panthers [2]. That’s a pretty easy matchup for your first game as a player. Tonight you’€™ll probably get some different results and I’ll be curious to see how the defensemen in the lineup tonight handle a team like Montreal and the intensity and the speed.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins [3].

On Dougie Hamilton being left out of the lineup for two straight games: “I’m not surprised Dougie Hamilton came out. I might be surprised if he stays out of the lineup because I think you still need to tweak this group and figure out who best fits with Chara when you start talking about April, May, June hockey.”

On Tyler Seguin [4] communicating the Rich Peverley [5] situation to old Bruins teammates: “My understanding is that Tyler Seguin [4] was in touch, immediately, via text, e-mail, whatever, with several of the Bruins players that he is still tight with and gave a first-hand account of exactly what happened, and that’€™s pretty scary stuff.”

On Jordan Caron and what type of player he is: ‘€œI just don’€™t know what kind of player he is, wants to be, and can contribute to the team in a certain way. I know he’s a big body. I know he can play the physical game. I know he can be defensively responsible. Maybe chip in some offense here and there and play 12-14 minutes a game. But I just wish he would just step up and establish and let everybody know that this is the kind of player I am. This is what I’m going to bring to the table every night. Until he establishes that, he’s going to be in and out of the lineup.”