The 2014 NHL trading deadline has now come and gone. As it stands right now the Boston Bruins have not made any major moves, though trades can still be announced post deadline. General Manager Peter Chiarelli did bolster the blue-line in acquiring Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros in exchange for a third-round draft pick.
The 28-year-old veteran will become an unrestricted free agent following the season. He’s currently in his ninth NHL season. Meszaros tallied 5 goals, 12 assists, and posted a plus-1 rating in 38 games played this year in Philadelphia.
With nearly 600 career games played, Meszaros will provide the Bruins with some much needed experience and leadership during the playoff push and into the post-season.
It had been no secret that Boston was in search of defensive help with the injuries to Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid. Meszaros figures to slide right into the lineup and should see considerable minutes.
He’s also very familiar with Zdeno Chara. Meszaros played alongside Boston’s captain in the Sochi Winter Olympics on team Slovakia. The possibility of the two being paired together is not out of the question.
The Bruins also claimed defenseman Corey Potter off waivers earlier in the day.