Whether Meszaros will receive an offer on the open market as a Group II free agent isn't known, but he's still young and has plenty of upside. That's why the Flyers see Meszaros as an upgrade on defence.
If the Senators were to deal Meszaros, the question becomes who replaces him?
With veteran blueliners Wade Redden and Mike Commodore set to become unrestricted free agents, and not likely to be back, Murray has to be careful not to leave himself too thin on defence.
Holmgren, who sources say held several discussions with Murray before Monday's GMs' meetings in Detroit, might be willing to offer winger Scottie Upshall or centre R.J. Umberger, who is a restricted free agent after making $1.25 million last season, for Meszaros.
"You have to be careful about giving up defencemen because everybody is looking for them," a league executive said. "Especially, young defencemen. That's where you have to be careful. You can't just give up on a guy because he's had a tough couple of years.
Would this be fair?
Not sure how to guage the value of Parent, I'd like to get Upshall here but I know he isn't worth Meszaros alone.
As of today, Philly will have tough time resigning RFA Carter. Why would Holmgren add another "potentially expensive" RFA in Meszaros? Meszaros is probably looking for around 3.5 million and Carter 3.5- 5.0 million. Correct me, if I'm wrong but I can't see the Flyers being able to afford both of them.
Maybe a deal revolved around Joffrey Lupul and Andrej Meszaros?
Value wise, maybe. but from our POV it doesn't make sense. We need a player like Upshall/Umberger more than Lupul, Lupul tends to shy away from contact at times, not exactly what we need to be adding (we have enough of those).
Great player, no doubt, just not the right fit for us, especially if were moving a young top 4 d'man.