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Bruins add defensemen Andrej Meszaros, Corey Potter

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Andrej Meszaros (right) is a left-shot defenseman who can play both sides.

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.

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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.

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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.”