Flyers Notes: Meszaros continues solid play

Posted: February 10, 2014

Despite being in and out of the lineup all season, Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros has done a creditable job.

Saturday was more of the same.

Meszaros played solidly as the Flyers outlasted visiting Calgary, 2-1. He had an assist, blocked three shots, and was plus-2 in 21 minutes, 24 seconds before heading home and packing for Sochi, Russia, where he will compete for Slovakia in the Olympics.

"I think he's improved throughout the year," said coach Craig Berube, who had been critical of Meszaros' defensive play a few weeks ago. ". . . He's been a good pro about being in and out of the lineup, and so has [Erik] Gustafsson. That's just the way it is right now, and it'll work itself out eventually."

In 35 games, Meszaros has 16 points and is plus-3.

In Saturday's game, Meszaros replaced Gustafsson (plus-11). The Flyers may be showcasing the veteran for a deal after the Olympic trade freeze ends Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m. The trade deadline is March 5.

General managers can discuss moves during the trade freeze.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was in New Jersey for the Devils-Edmonton game on Friday night, and he apparently was checking out some of the Oilers. (And, no, it wasn't Ilya Bryzgalov.)

Even when he is a healthy scratch, Meszaros is insurance. Defenseman Nick Grossmann sat out the third period with an apparent shoulder injury. Berube said the injury was minor.

Breakaways

Luke Schenn had six hits and was plus-2, and he is plus-10 over the last six games. . . . Zac Rinaldo had seven hits in 10:59. . . . Players from the Snider Youth Foundation presented the Flyers' five Olympians with their county's jersey before the game. The five: Meszaros, Kimmo Timonen, Mark Streit, Michael Raffl, and Jake Voracek. . . . Giroux, bypassed for Team Canada, said he probably will watch the Olympics and "mentally kind of relax and make sure I'm ready for the second half. It's going to a tight race till the playoffs. It's important for us to go [hard] till the end of the season." . . . Sean Couturier won 10 of 14 faceoffs (71.4 percent) as the Flyers captured 62 percent of the draws.

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