Sunday, January 20, 2013
Progress for Meszaros
By Luke Lapinski
Leading up to the Philadelphia Flyers' season opener yesterday, there were questions as to whether or not Andrej Meszaros would even be able to play. As it turns out, he not only suited up, he logged more ice time (19:54) than all but two players on Peter Laviolette's roster -- and felt better than expected.
That's a great sign for the 27-year old blueliner, who is coming off of right Achilles surgery that took place in August. It's also good news for the Flyers, who need all the help they can get on the back end after losing Matt Carle and failing to land Shea Weber over the offseason. Ilya Bryzgalov was enigmatic at best in 2011-12, and didn't start out all that great in Saturday's contest with Pittsburgh either. He did settle down though as the game wore on. And he showed during his time in Phoenix that he's capable of delivering a strong performance in the right situation. He'll need help from his defensemen though, and Meszaros is one of the club's top options at the position.