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03-05-2014, 04:14 PM
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PHILADELPHIA – There were a lot of rumors, a lot of rumblings, names, packages, debates… you know, the typical trade deadline fare.

In the end there was Andrew MacDonald coming to Philadelphia and Andrej Meszaros leaving for Boston.

That was it for the Flyers.

From their perspective, it was an upgrade of the third pairing on defense that also brought financial savings and at an affordable price.

It also was an opportunity to improve the team without parting with any of the prospects that have re-filled the organizational cupboard in recent years and set up the Flyers to be in a good spot with cap space and assets heading into the offseason.

With a younger team that is just beginning to hit its stride, that’s a good place to be.

First, let’s rehash the trades:

MacDonald, 27, was acquired Tuesday from the New York Islanders in exchange for a third round pick in the 2014 draft, a second round pick in the 2015 draft and Phantoms forward Matt Mangene.

Meszaros was traded to Boston Wednesday for a conditional 2014 third round pick. The third round pick becomes a second rounder if Boston reaches the Conference Finals and Meszaros plays in at least 2/3 of all of the Bruins 2014 Playoff games or if Boston re-signs Meszaros to a contract before the start of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

If neither condition is met, it remains a third rounder but if Boston signs Meszaros after the start of the 2014 NHL entry draft for the 2014-15 season, the Flyers pick up an additional fourth round pick from Boston in 2015.

So…

MacDonald is a pending unrestricted free agent, but he said this morning he would definitely consider signing with the Flyers before free agency hit in July and general manager Paul Holmgren added that he’d like to sign MacDonald beyond this season.

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