Philadelphia Flyers: Andrej Meszaros Cleared To Play

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On Sunday morning, the Philadelphia Flyers received fantastic news. After over 100 days of disappointment, the NHL lockout had finally come to an abrupt halt.

However, that isn’t the only good news the Flyers received this week.

With Chris Pronger likely being forced to hang up the skates, Matt Carle gone and Kimmo Timonen aging, the Flyers blue line is dwindling right before our very eyes. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the whole Shea Weber falling through. Well, on Monday evening, defenseman Andrej Meszaros was finally cleared to play, just another reason that this lockout actually benefited the Flyers. Meszaros suffered an Achilles injury during summer workouts in Europe.

It appears that our beloved season will finally begin on January 19th, but there is still no guarantee that Mez will be out on the ice. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren wants to take it one step at a time.

“We will see how he does once practices begin,” Holmgren said. One thing is for sure, however.

The Flyers need him. Badly.

Outside of Braydon Coburn, Meszaros is the team’s best defender. He is a big, physical defenseman with a ridiculously hard shot. Although he saw the third pairing at times last season, there is a ton of hype surrounding Mez this season, as he prepares to step into a much larger role. Don’t forget. This guy is a former Barry Ashbee Trophy winner from two years ago. One could assume that if he has a strong camp, expect him on the ice come opening day.

Of course with the Flyers, there is always trade speculations. Whether they do make a deal anytime soon or not, I’m sure they are glad to receive some help on their blue line.

 

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