The Flyers traded Meszaros, who was scheduled to be scratched for the 25th game this season tonight against Washington, to the Bruins in exchange for a conditional third-round pick.
The deal was first reported by Rogers Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.
The conditional pick will become a second-round pick if the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference final this season and Meszaros plays in at least two-thirds of Boston's games - or Meszaros is re-signed by Boston prior to the draft.
Meszaros, 28, had his confidence shaken by numerous injuries and a lack of playing time with the Flyers. After a 295-game ironman streak to begin his career, Meszaros has dealt with multiple shoulder injuries and surgeries, a lower-back issue and a torn Achilles tendon.
The Bruins were long-rumored to be interested in his services. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli helped bring Meszaros to the NHL when he was with the Ottawa Senators as assistant GM in 2005.
Now...here's a cross-section of comments from Flyer fans on the trade:
1.) This is a good deal. You get a third rounder for a guy who is a free agent at the end of the year. They were not going to re-sign Meszaros anyway. Kimmo is going to come off the books as well and they have talented young defensemen coming along. They will have some cap room to play with this summer;
2.) The trade deadline has been a win for the Flyers. Basically upgraded the defense for a 2nd round pick and an oft-injured player. McDonald is essentially a healthy Meszaros that is better defensively and blocks a ton of shots....Also word is that the 3rd round pick could be higher depending on how far the Bruins go in the playoffs. Even better;
3.) The Flyers spent a 2nd rounder to make themselves worse, the Bruins better, and not free up anything financially;
4.) Terrible Deal...Let's keep Grossman who is like molasses on a zero degree day. Let's keep Gustafson who gets run over like Danica by the big boys in Nascar. Let's keep Coburn whose idea of physical(see:little Joe Pevelski) is akin to Ice Dancing. Meszaros was a Barry Ashbee winner as best defenseman 3 years ago. You don't just lose that talent(injuries aside). Then let's trade him to somebody in the same conference...IDIOTS!;
5.) Mez is damaged goods:
1. Shoulder surgery to repair a labrum tear - March 2009 Tampa
2. Wrist surgery in 2011
3. Lower Back Surgery ended Meszaros’ 2011-12 season
4. 2012 Offseason Achilles injury while training in Slovakia
5. Another shoulder surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff - out of lineup from June 24 to March 9 2013
Any nasty (typical playoff) hit could easily be the end of his career.
6.) You cannot claim that a guy who was a healthy scratch for 25 games is being traded because of the cap. His cap hit wasn't bigger if he played in actual games. He couldn't break into the 6 man rotation. A third round pick is an insane return for such a player. If you want to argue the guy is a top 3 defenseman and the Flyers don't know it, fine, but its abundantly obvious the Flyers didn't think much of him and it had nothing to do with money;
7.) This is what happens when an organization mismanages a salary cap. The net outcome of the Flyers trade deadline moves is that the Boston Bruins are better. Terrible;
8.) Terrible deal. Meszaros has been a stud lately…Luke Schenn on the other hand is a turnover machine with a learning disability;
9.) Don't know what you've been watching. Yes, he's chipped in some offensively, but he's terrible in the d-zone. Slow to the puck. Bad outlet passes. Refuses to clear the crease. Always out of position. That's why he's been in and out of the lineup. A 3rd rd pick is good value;
10.) Does his recent "studliness" lead us to believe that Meszaros has made far strides past his injuries this season? If so, this, and his near wild ability to throw himself in front of shooters, makes him a potentially valuable addition, in combination with fellow Chech Chara...Boston needs to make up for loss of Seidenberg, who was physical, and could play the corners, whilst Chara would dog the slot area on power play defenses. Since November, Chara has had to go to the corner more, leaving Rask open out front. ...Meszaros is still only 29 years old. Chiarelli kept tongue -in-cheek, and had comrade Chara telephone his prey, all the wile speaking some old Chech dialect. The Bruins were able to get the Flyers down from a desired 2nd rounder, to just a 3rd round pick....Corey Potter was also acquired today off waiver's. Look for Bruins to show more moxie and physical style defense to blend with Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton. Meszaro's a needed veteran, who can guide the younger defencemen in Boston. The Bruins took advantage of this one, since he has an expiring contract...
What say you, fellow B's fans? Do you like the trade?