While it might not be a big splash of a deal, the Bruins did make a move before the trade deadline, picking up Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros for a third-round pick.
The 28-year-old Meszaros does fit the Bruins’ biggest need, a left-shot defender with an expiring contract. He can play both sides, like Dennis Seidenberg, but is not as skilled as the injured Bruin.
Meszaros is 6 feet 2 inches, 223 pounds, and has played in 38 games for the Flyers this season, averaging 17:22 of ice time, though he has been a healthy scratch at times. He has five goals and 12 assists and carries a $4 million cap hit. It is not certain that Meszaros will unseat Matt Bartkowski for playing time on the left side of the second pairing.
The Bruins also claimed defenseman Corey Potter off waivers from the Oilers. The 6-foot-3-inch, 206-pounder has played in 16 games this season, with five assists, averaging 14:47 of ice time.
Potter, 30, is a right-shot depth pickup, while Meszaros is a better player whom general manager Peter Chiarelli has familiarity with from his days in Ottawa.
Meszaros has also been a defensive partner of Zdeno Chara’s, both back in Ottawa and at the Olympics with Slovakia. He was a first-round pick of the Senators in the 2004 draft, No. 23 overall.
Backup goaltender Chad Johnson played with Potter in Hartford of the AHL in 2009-10, and offered his scouting report.
“He was just a real steady D man,” Johnson said. “He just had a presence back there. At least in the minors, he was just calm, made really simple plays. He isn’t a guy who’s going to make bad decisions. He’s just real steady. He’ll fit in perfect with the D corps here.”