Archive for Andrej Meszaros

Quote: “That Was Embarrassing”

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Summaries with tags , , on March 25, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

“They did everything better than us in our building. That was embarrassing.  We talked after the second [period] to come out hard, and we just couldn’t get it going. We didn’t have a shot on net for I don’t know how long.”

– Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros after the Flyers 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

 

…It was embarrassing, and, quite frankly, the game stunk.  Still, the Flyers were able to get a point despite a poor showing, and still lead the Pens by four points with a game in hand.  Obviously, that contest in the Steel City next week now looms even larger than it did before, but the Flyers must first take care of business against the Islanders and Bruins – preferably two points in the former and at least one in the latter – before they can go ahead and worry about anything concerning Pittsburgh.

I’d say the Flyers will come out charged up for the Islanders on Saturday night, but who knows at this point?  They may just assume it will be another two points.  Paging Chris Pronger: come back.

Watch: Andrej the Giant DESTROY Jason Chimera

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Summaries with tags on March 23, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Thanks to MrFlyerGuy for this.

 

Videos From Last Night: Giroux Hip-Checks Frans Nielsen, Meszaros Wins it In OT

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , , , on February 25, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Both videos courtesy of the great MrFlyerGuy

…I’m beginning to dislike Frans Nielsen more and more.

…Meszaros’ goal celebrations are, by far, amongst the best on the team.

THN: Norris Trophy Watch

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on January 22, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

THE HOCKEY NEWS: NORRIS TROPHY WATCH

…Admittedly, I am bias, but it’s hard to imagine not even a slight mention of Andrej Meszaros on this list.  He’s been so crucial the Flyers’ success and it’s hard to imagine that his name isn’t at least mentioned amongst the Honorable Mentions.

With that being said, Meszy had been labeled as an “overrated” player due to his lack of production in Tampa, and has to earn the rest of the league’s respect back.  So far this season, so good for #41, the league’s leader in +/-

Tweets: Wellwood Called Up, Line Changes if Briere Suspended

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted this morning about the Flyers’ latest call-up:

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted about possible line changes if Danny Briere is lost to a suspension tonight:

 

Updates: Blue Line Blues on Goal Scoring Front

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Lost in the coverage of the Flyers’ lack of offensive output from their forwards thusfar this season has been the fact that the men manning the blue line haven’t exactly been depositing the puck into the back of the net.

Actually, come to think of it, they haven’t put a single puck in the net thus far this season.

Matt Carle is a member of a Flyers defensive unit that is goal-less this season

Obviously, with a group back there consisting of Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle, Braydon Coburn, Sean O’Donnell, and Andrej Meszaros, I think that may people – myself included – certainly feel that this unit should be producing far more than they have so far.  Instead, that hasn’t happened, and entering action last night only the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings hadn’t had a goal this season from a defenseman.  A big way to get the defensemen involved is to convert powerplay opportunities – another aspect that the Flyers have struggled with this season.  They have been “too pretty” with the man advantage – passing the puck around until they can pass it no longer – and not just taking the old fashioned approach and feeding it to a defenseman for a rip from the point.  Hopefully, that technique will change tonight, and a defenseman will score against Pittsburgh.  For the record, I think the slump on the blue-line stops tonight against Pittsburgh, and Matt Carle is the goal scorer.

Frank Seravalli has taken note of this issue as well, and has an article on the topic here: FLYERS DEFENSEMEN NEED TO CHIP IN WITH SCORING

Training Camp: Philly Feels Like Home for Walker

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

When Matt Walker was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers this summer, he was one of the few people associated with the Philadelphia area excited about his arrival.

You see, Matt Walker was what the Flyers got in exchange when they traded Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning.  They received a fourth round pick as well, but Walker is the only able body that can appear in a Flyers uniform at the moment.

If Matt Walker does this to Sidney Crosby, Flyers fans will love him

Frank Seravalli, of the Daily News, has more on Walker’s beginnings as a Flyer today in both the print and online form of the paper.  After reading Seravalli’s article, maybe there’s reason to give Walker a chance with the Flyers.  First and foremost, Seravalli compares Walker to the “defensive version of Ian Laperriere”.  Is he even allowed to do that?  With the soft spot that all Flyers fans now have with Lappy, being compared to #14 means that Walker now has a lot to live up to.

Still, Seravalli points out that in coming to Philadelphia, Matt Walker feels like he is coming home.  The 6’2” 230+ pound defenseman who makes a living blocking shots as opposed to taking them told the Flyers beat writer, “I’ve been watching them [the Flyers] ever since I was a kid.  [Tough hockey] has always been their reputation, so I’ve always had a little bit of a soft spot for them.”  Walker goes on to say that he was “pretty excited” when he found out he had been traded to the Flyers in the off-season.

While Walker is excited to be here, it’s hard for me to believe he’s going to be playing all that much once this season moves from the “Pre” variety.  The Flyers have a solid set of six proven and skilled defensemen in Chris Pronger, Sean O’Donnell, Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle, and Andrej Meszaros.  After that, Walker and Oskars Bartulis are left to compete for the 7th and 8th slots, which actually aren’t as much slots as they are seats in the press box.  Still, Walker is a cap hit of over a million dollars this season, so it’s difficult to fathom that the Flyers would dump that salary to the Adirondacks and have him play for the Phantoms.

Depth, especially defensively, is always a good thing.  But it’s hard for me to believe that Walker will be among the top six for the Flyers on the blue-line if the aforementioned six defensemen are all healthy.  With that being said, if Chris Pronger’s knee doesn’t heal as well as he and the Flyers would have liked come time for the season opener, it’s a safe bet Walker will be his replacement in Pittsburgh on October 7th.

You can check out Seravalli’s entire piece here: WALKER FEELING RIGHT AT HOME WITH FLYERS’ DEFENSIVE CORPS