Flyers trade Andrej Meszaros to Bruins for pick

Flyers trade Andrej Meszaros to Bruins for pick
March 5, 2014, 2:45 pm
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The Flyers traded Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins for the 2014 third-round draft pick. (USA Today Images)

Defenseman Andrej Meszaros, a former Barry Ashbee Trophy winner as the Flyers' top defenseman, was traded Wednesday to the Boston Bruins for a conditional 2014 third-round pick, according to a source.

Sportsnet's Dan Murphy first reported the trade on Twitter.

The third-round pick is conditional in the Flyers' favor, according to Paul Holmgren, and could become a better pick or multiple picks.

The Bruins, wrecked with injuries on their blue line, needed a defenseman, and Meszaros, who will be unrestricted this summer, became a more likely trade candidate when the Flyers acquired Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald on Tuesday.

Meszaros has been continually jockeyed back and forth in the lineup for the Flyers the entire season because of inconsistent play. He appeared in just 38 games this season, registering five goals and 12 assists.

The irony is this year has been the first one in a while where he was fully healthy, and yet his play on the blue line hasn’t measured up to his health. Interestingly, he began his career with Ottawa playing in 298 consecutive games without being injured.

Meszaros has had wrist and back surgeries and tore his Achille's tendon, which limited his number of games as a Flyer to 11 last season and 62 the previous year.

The Ashbee Trophy winner in 2010-11, Meszaros was carrying a $4 million cap hit. 

The Flyers attempted to deal Meszaros in training camp and could not.