This afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers will be facing off against the Boston Bruins along with a familiar face Andrej Meszaros. Meszaros was traded on March 5th (the last day of the trade deadline) in exchange for a 3rd round pick from Boston. I was disappointed when I heard Meszaros was traded, I felt like he stepped up the Flyers offensive game on the team’s blue line.
Meszaros spent 4 seasons with the Flyers. He had 21 goals and 56 assists during his tenure with the team. Other than his first season, he had a hard time staying healthy with the Flyers. This season, he was ready for the opener, but functioned mainly as a healthy scratch. He only had 38 starts for the season before being traded. However, Meszaros did play in the winter Olympics this past year for Slovakia with fellow Slovakian Zdeno Chara. Chara was actually the one who told Boston they should trade for Meszaros.
While I did like Meszaros because of his offensive flair, the Flyers still have Kimmo Timonen, and Erik Gustafsson. Timonen is aging and who knows when he will call it quits. Gus has shown he isn’t afraid to move up with the puck into the offensive zone, and he has good speed and acceleration. He might not get a lot of goals, but he does shoot the puck when given the opportunity, which creates chances for redirections. I have high praise for him and hope to see him get more starts.
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