Flyers trade Meszaros to Boston

Defenseman Andrej Meszaros will be reunited with Zdeno Chara.

The Flyers traded Meszaros to Boston Wednesday for a 2014 conditional third-round draft pick. He was teammates with Chara, the Bruins' defesnive leader, on Slovakia's Olympic team.

The draft pick the Flyers acquired becomes a second rounder if Boston reaches the conference finals and Meszaros plays in at least two-thirds of the Bruins’ 2014 playoff games _ or if Boston re-signs Meszaros to a contract before the start of the draft.

If Boston signs Meszaros after the start of the 2014 draft, the Flyers said, they will receive an additional fourth-round pick in 2015.

Meszaros, 28, had five goals, 17 points and a plus-1 rating in 38 games this season. He became expendable when the Flyers acquired Andrew MacDonald from the Islanders on Tuesday.

Like MacDonald, Meszaros can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

In his first year with the Flyers, Meszaros was named the winner of the Barry Ashbee Award as the team's best defenseman in 2010-11. He had eight goals, 32 points and a plus-30 rating that season.

Injuries limited Meszaros to just 11 games last season, but he has played solidly this year despite being yanked in and out of the lineup.

Before the trade was made, Flyers coach Craig Berube said it was difficult to bench Meszaros for Wednesday's game against the Capitals.

"He's played well and doesn't deserve to come out, but it's a decision I have to make and that's the way it is," Berube said.

In another matter, GM Paul Holmgren said the Flyers never made an offer for Vancouver center Ryan Kesler, as was reported in some media outlets.

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