Meszaros welcomes 'fresh start' in Boston

Meszaros welcomes 'fresh start' in Boston
March 6, 2014, 3:15 pm
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BOSTON – Andrej Meszaros couldn’t help but invoke the words of the great Kelly Clarkson in talking about his time with the Philadelphia Flyers, and his hopes for the next few months in Boston.

The Flyers defenseman was scratched 24 times this season with the Flyers, and was only playing 17:22 per game when he was in the lineup for the Broad Street Bullies. He’s clearly hoping for more after arriving in another crowded defenseman situation in Boston.

“It’s up to the coaches, and how they’re going to use me,” said Meszaros, who has five goals and 17 points this season with offense really not being the challenge for the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder. “They have a great group over here. It’s always tough to crack the lineup, but it’s up to me to respond when I’m given the chance. You always welcome a fresh start when you don’t have a good season, or start. It was tough to not be playing [in Philly]. But I guess what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That’s the saying.

“I’m happy to be here. You hear the rumors around the league, and I had heard Boston. When I heard Boston picked somebody up on waivers I didn’t think it was going to happen. But when I found out I was coming here, I was pretty pumped.”

The 28-year-old defenseman participated in Thursday’s morning skate at TD Garden, but won’t be in the lineup against the Washington Capitals in his first game since joining the Bruins organization.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” said Julien. “I haven’t sat down and made any type of scenarios. We need to see him practice a little bit, and skate with us. We’ll see. At one point you’re going to see him in the lineup.

“A lot will depend on how our players play. All of them. We were running with six D’s for the last little while here. It gives us the depth we need, and it creates the competition back there again that [playing time] isn’t going to go on merit.”

Meszaros put up 39 points and a plus-30 in his rookie season with the Senators skating alongside Zdeno Chara, and he played junior hockey with Milan Lucic in Vancouver. He also played with Chris Kelly in Ottawa as well. So he’s got some history with the players in the B’s dressing room, and is looking forward to getting himself reacquainted with those players.

“We didn’t play in the beginning together [in Ottawa] but when a few guys got hurt we played quite a bit together,” said Meszaros. “We played in a few Olympics together as well. It’s obviously easier to play with the best defenseman in the league. The way he plays and the veteran presence, he gives you a lot of confidence in your game.”

Meszaros will be a healthy scratch for the 25th time this season Thursday night, and the Bruins will be prepared no matter what happens with the rest of the defenseman corps down the stretch.