Meszaros traded to Boston

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Former Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

With Andrew MacDonald in the fold, the Flyers had little use for defenseman Andrej Meszaros.

The Flyers traded Meszaros, who was scheduled to be scratched for the 25th game this season tonight against Washington, to the Bruins in exchange for a conditional third-round pick.

The deal was first reported by Rogers Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.

The conditional pick will become a second-round pick if the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference final this season and Meszaros plays in at least two-thirds of Boston's games - or Meszaros is re-signed by Boston prior to the draft.

Meszaros, 28, had his confidence shaken by numerous injuries and a lack of playing time with the Flyers. After a 295-game ironman streak to begin his career, Meszaros has dealt with multiple shoulder injuries and surgeries, a lower-back issue and a torn Achilles tendon.

The Bruins were long-rumored to be interested in his services. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli helped bring Meszaros to the NHL when he was with the Ottawa Senators as assistant GM in 2005.

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The return for the Flyers, for a player with a high salary cap hit, an expiring contract and little room on the roster, the return was solid. With MacDonald, Erik Gustafsson and Hal Gill will remain on the roster as extra bodies on defense.

Meszaros was acquired from Tampa Bay on July 1, 2010 in exchange for a second-round pick.

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