With just over 48 hours to go until the NHL's Trade Deadline, fans are getting increasingly tense wonder which teams will make moves as they all prepare for their respective playoff pushes. While it does seem unlikely that the Los Angeles Kings will be making any major transactions before Wednesday's deadline, they still may pick up one or two pieces as they prepare for a championship run.
For a team who specializes in defense, enter Andrej Meszaros.
The nine-year veteran came supply a bit of offense in addition to some timely defense, although he's not quite the blueline stalwart that Willie Mitchell or Matt Greene are.
Meszaros's defensive numbers this season are middle-of-the-pack at best. While his ratio of 49 blocked shots in 38 games is very decent, said number puts him sixth among the eight defensemen for his current team, the Philadelphia Flyers.
At 6'2, 233 pounds, Meszaros is able to use his size to his advantage, although he doesn't do ss at an alarming rate. With that said, his 54 hits in 38 games this season is a respectable total.
Offensively, Meszaros has scored five goals and added 12 assists this season to go with a +1 rating. His five tallies put him three short of his career-high of eight set in 2010-11 with Philadelphia. Also that season, Meszaros registered a career-high +30.
Scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at season's end, the 28-year-old Slovak could provide a bit of relief to any team preparing for the post-season. Whether the Kings would be one of these teams remains to be seen. But, although the defenseman has a lot to offer, I can't see the Kings going after him. Then again, you never know. But even if the silver-and-black did acquire the veteran, it would pose a challenge to sign him in the summer.
After making $5.5 million this year, logic would dictate that Meszaros will be asking for a bit more green for next season and beyond.
The prospect of acquiring Andrej Meszaros may have some advantages but overall, probably not someone the Kings want to trade for, even on a short-term basis.