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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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Andrej Meszaros was traded to the Bruins Wednesday. (AP)

Andrej Meszaros was traded to the Bruins Wednesday. (AP)

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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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.

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Loui Eriksson, Adam McQuaid absent from Bruins practice 03.05.14 at 12:03 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

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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David Krejci hat trick leads Bruins past Panthers on eve of trade deadline 03.04.14 at 9:40 pm ET
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On the same day that Tim Thomas found out he would become Roberto Luongo‘s teammate, his former team handed him a loss as the Bruins defeated the Panthers, 4-1, Tuesday at TD Garden.

David Krejci had a hat trick for the B’s, with the first goal coming off a Tom Gilbert giveaway by the net at 7:29 of the first period. A Jarome Iginla goal at 11:01 of the period sent the B’s into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead, which Krejci added to in the second with a beauty of a shot from the high slot.

The Bruins were without Loui Eriksson, who was kept out of the lineup with what Claude Julien called a “minor issue.” Jordan Caron filled in for Eriksson and picked up the primary assist on Iginla’s goal. Caron fired a shot off Thomas’ mask off the rush, with Iginla getting the rebound and sending it under a diving Thomas’ glove.

Chad Johnson‘s shutout bid was broken up with 7:13 remaining in the game, when a lazy Brian Campbell backhander from the point went off Matt Bartkowski‘s stick and in. Johnson still picked up the win, improving to 12-4-1 on the season. Krejci registered an empty-netter with 13.3 seconds left.

The Bruins will next play Thursday against the Capitals, though the roster may look different after Wednesday’s trade deadline.


- With his hat trick showing Tuesday, Krejci now has 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) over his last 15 games.

- Shawn Thornton got in his 100th fight as a member of the Bruins when he dropped the gloves with Krys Barch in the second period. It was fitting that Thornton’s 100th dance partner with the B’s was Barch, as the two are no strangers to one another. The former AHL teammates have now fought each other eight times at the NHL level. Barch also fought Milan Lucic Tuesday.

- Torey Krug‘s ice time was back up after he played a season-low 12:50 in Sunday night’s game against the Rangers, a game that featured no Boston power plays. Krug played 15:07 Tuesday and nearly picked up a goal in the second period when a shot trickled through Thomas but was cleared by a Florida player before it went into the net.

- Johnson was rather shaky last Wednesday as Boston suffered a 5-4 overtime loss in its first game back from the break, so Tuesday’s victory marked an encouraging bounceback effort. He benefited from at least three hit posts Tuesday, but the Bruins will take a one-goal performance however they can get it.


- Though Caron played well against the Panthers, he also took a pair of penalties. Caron was whistled for tripping Brandon Pirri in the first period and took a boarding penalty in the final seconds of the second period.

- Speaking of penalties, the Bruins didn’t have any power plays Tuesday and have only had one over their last two games. They’ve managed to score nine goals in that span and remain the best 5-on-5 team in the league, but it’s a lot easier to generate offense when you spend some actual time on the man advantage.

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Panthers trade for Roberto Luongo, making him teammates with Tim Thomas 03.04.14 at 4:41 pm ET
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According to Renaud Lavoie, the Canucks have traded Roberto Luongo to the Panthers.


Luongo played five seasons in Florida before going to Vancouver, but the best storyline here is that it means he and Tim Thomas are now teammates. The showdown between the two became the central storyline in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, when the two combined for four shutouts in the seven-game series.

Luongo, who was overly complimentary of Thomas prior to the series, criticized Thomas’ style of play after Game 5 of the series. When his criticism made waves, Luongo famously said he had been pumping Thomas’ tires, while Thomas hadn’t complimented him.

“As far as Luongo goes, actually, all that did was give me confidence that his head was in the wrong place, because I was focused on stopping the puck and he was thinking about my style,”€ Thomas told the following season.

“I realized that I had an advantage over him,’€ Thomas added. ‘€œ’€The challenge on my end was to keep that advantage.”€

Goalie Jacob Markstrom is reportedly part of the package headed to Vancouver in the trade.

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Flyers trade for Andrew MacDonald 03.04.14 at 4:08 pm ET
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Andrew MacDonald, a left-shot defenseman who is seventh in the league in time on ice and would have been a potential fit with the Bruins, has been traded from the Islanders to the Flyers, a source confirmed Tuesday. The trade was first reported by Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

The Islanders had previously sought a first-round pick for MacDonald, a free agent to be, but Philadelphia got him without surrendering a first-round pick.

MacDonald becomes the first of the bigger name left shot defensemen to move. Dallas traded injured righty Stephane Robidas to Anaheim earlier in the day.

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