Chiarelli: Meszaros 'can defend and he's heavy'

Chiarelli: Meszaros 'can defend and he's heavy'
March 5, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is quite familiar with his newest acquisition, defenseman Andrej Meszaros, from Chiarelli's days in the Ottawa Senators' front office.

Meszaros, 28, drafted by the Senators when Chiarelli was an assistant GM there, was acquired by the Bruins from the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline Wednesday. The 6-3, 223-pound Meszaros was described by Chiarerelli as "a big defenseman, a thick defenseman. I have a history with him. He's played internationally for Slovakia [with B's captain Zdeno Chara, also an ex-Ottawa teammate]."

Chiarelli said Meszaros was "more apt to push the puck than to defend. But he can defend and he's heavy. We acquired these two players [the Bruins also picked up defenseman Corey Potter off waivers from Edmonton] for depth. When I say depth, I don't mean that they're just reserves. When I look at our defensive corps as a whole, we're bolstering that corps and we've got a lot of games in a short period of time and that was my intention going into this trade deadline."