Andrej Meszaros was traded to the Bruins Wednesday. (AP)
The trade deadline came and went Wednesday, with defenseman Andrej Meszaros the biggest name acquired by the B’s. After the trade deadline, a couple of his new Bruins teammates weighed in on the acquisition.
Chris Kelly knows Meszaros well, as the two were teammates in Ottawa. Kelly said that the 30-year-old Slovakia native uses his 6-foot-2, 220-pound body well.
‘Mez skates extremely well, he’s got a great shot and he’s a big body,” Kelly said. “He’s a left-handed shot. I think that’s what Peter [Chiarelli] was saying, you guys were telling me, that they wanted some depth on the back end and I think he fills that.’
Added Kelly: ‘He’s a big, big guy. You’ll see. He’s a big strong guy. You know all those Slovaks, they’re big men.’
Kelly added that Meszaros will fit in well with the team, saying that the Bruins have had “more difficult guys come into our room in the past.”
Gregory Campbell has never played on the same team as Meszaros, but still knows what he brings to the table having played against him over the years.
Campbell sees Meszaros as a good addition for the sake of the team’s depth on the back end.
“He’s a veteran player, a player that moves the puck well, is good offensively but makes a great first pass and has got good mobility,” Campbell said. “The young guys that we’ve had have done a really good job for us, so I think for us, it’s just a bonus.
“Everybody knows that in the playoffs, things happen and you’re going to need depth and you’re going to need guys — everybody at some point in time. I think it’s a good addition for us, he’s going to fit in well with our team and it just makes our team that much stronger.”
The Bruins’ deadline was relatively quiet, as Meszaros and depth defenseman Corey Potter were the only players acquired. Campbell cautioned against judging a team based on its deadline moves, however, saying that the deadline is overrated.
“There’s so much hype around this day that sometimes things get carried away,” Campbell said. “You saw some movement today, but players that you figured were going to move. I think that teams are figuring that out. It’s not necessarily about adding. Sometimes it’s about not making moves and being comfortable with what you have. You don’t just throw a team together. It takes a while to put a team together and you have to be smart about it. Obviously, this organization’s been very smart about the people that they bring in. They take their time and they bring in who they want to bring in. For our team, we’ve been doing very well so far. We still have more of an upside I believe, but I think that the team that we have is definitely good enough.”
As for Montreal’s addition of Thomas Vanek, both players admitted that their biggest rival has undoubtedly improved by adding a player who has put up strong numbers against Boston over the years.
“He’s always played well against us and Montreal’s always a tough team,” Campbell said of Vanek, who has 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points in 53 career games against the B’s. “It’s going to be a good challenge for us. He’s a good player and with that offensively skilled team, he’ll fit in pretty well with them. Anywhere he goes, he’s going to challenge the opposition. It’s just another guy that we’re going to have to contend with, but that’s fine.”