3/6/14 – 4:45pm – UPDATE
The conditions of the draft pick are as follows. The 2014 3rd round pick becomes a second pick IF,
-The Bruins make the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals (Meszaros must play in at least 2/3 of all playoff games)
-The Bruins re-sign Meszaros prior to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
The Flyers receive a 2015 4th round draft pick IF,
-The Bruins sign Meszaros for the 2014-2015 season, but after the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
UPDATE: Holmgren cannot announce the conditions on the draft pick. We will relay that information to you as soon as we can. For now, here is what the beats have to say.
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins for a conditional 2014 3rd round draft pick. Meszaros has 17 points through 38 games this season. As good as Meszarso has looked at times this season, he needed to be dealt. He is an impending UFA and the Flyers have too many defensemen. Ultimately, Meszaros did not fit into the long-term plans of this team, so getting value for him is a positive. A 3rd round draft pick for a guy who has been a healthy scratch for dozens of games this season is a solid return.
Meszaros has plenty of connections in Boston. From his countryman and former teammate Zdeno Chara to his former GM Peter Chiarelli, Boston will be a good fit for Mesz. He will likely be a depth defenseman for Boston as they contend down the stretch. Meszaros will likely hit free agency this summer and then he can be signed by anybody in the league.
Look for the defense pairings to look something like this tonight:
Kimmo Timonen – Braydon Coburn
Mark Streit – Nicklas Grossmann
Andrew MacDonald – Luke Schenn
There will be more analysis of all Flyers trade deadline moves in the days to come.