BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins added veteran depth to their young defense corps by trading for Andrej Meszaros and obtaining Corey Potter on waivers Wednesday.
The Bruins got Meszaros, 28, from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2014 third-round draft choice that becomes a second-rounder if the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference finals and he plays in two-thirds of their playoff games. They claimed Potter, 30, from the Edmonton Oilers.
Both have been frequent healthy scratches this season but bring experience to a group of defensemen that includes four players who have been in fewer than 90 NHL games.
"We acquired these two players for depth," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said, "and when I say for depth, I just want to be clear, it doesn't mean that they're just reserves. It means I look at our defensive corps as a whole, and we're just bolstering that corps and we've got a lot of games in a short period of time."
The Bruins announced the moves two hours after the 3 p.m. EST trade deadline.
Boston had been seeking a veteran defenseman after Dennis Seidenberg suffered a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 27 against Ottawa. They've also been without defenseman Adam McQuaid since he strained his quadriceps on Jan. 19. Without them, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Kevin Miller, all 26 or younger, have played regularly. Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk are the other two defensemen among Boston's top six.
Chiarelli said McQuaid would rest for two to three weeks and be re-assessed then.
Meszaros played 38 games this season with five goals and 12 assists. The nine-year veteran's first two seasons with the Flyers were limited by a back injury in 2011-12, Achilles tendon surgery after that season and a shoulder injury in 2012-13.