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Zdeno Chara | Defenseman

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 255
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Bruins' head coach Claude Julien didn't use Zdeno Chara in the overtime portion of Saturday's loss to Ottawa, because he felt Chara was "fighting the puck a little bit."
The 37-year-old has only played in two games since returning from a knee injury that forced him to miss 19 games. "We’re not blaming him. This is a guy he hasn’t played in a couple of months and tonight he was fighting the puck a little bit," said Claude Julien. "We’re here to win hockey games, and we’ve got to do the right thing sometimes. Even if we’re talking about a player that normally would be a big participant in those situations." Chara is still an effective defenseman, but his days of dominating night in and night out seem to be over. Dec 14 - 10:26 AM

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Zdeno Chara did not experience any ill effects after playing 24:11 Thursday night in his first game back from a torn posterior curicate ligament in his knee.

The veteran defenseman took one shot on goal and dished out two hits in the Bruins' 3-2 loss to Chicago in his first game action since October 23rd. Chara did not report any problems with his knee and will be in the lineup Saturday afternoon against the Senators. If you missed activating him in time for Thursday's contest, don't make the same mistake again. Saturday's game starts at 1:00 pm EST.
Dec 13 - 8:41 AM

Some time shortly after the New Year, the NHL is expected to announce that the Boston Bruins will host the 2016 Winter Classic.

Previously hosted in Fenway Park in 2010, the Winter Classic is the NHL's annual New Year's Day outdoor game and festival. Where the 2016 Classic will be hosted however, is not yet known.
Dec 11 - 10:01 PM

Zdeno Chara is on the ice for Boston's pregame warmup Thursday.

He is also no longer on Boston's injured reserve list. Feel free to get him back in your lineup if you normally would.
Dec 11 - 6:34 PM

Zdeno Chara (knee) appears to set to return to the lineup on Thursday night.

Chara hasn't played since Oct. 23 because of a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He had two goals and one assist in nine games before the ailment. If Chara does return then he'll likely be paired with Dougie Hamilton.
Dec 11 - 9:52 AM

Zdeno Chara (knee) was able to take part in Tuesday's practice.

The Bruins are hoping that Chara will be available on Thursday. The Bruins have been largely mediocre this season, but getting Chara back would be a huge boost after being forced to play without him for 19 straight games.
Dec 9 - 1:14 PM

The Boston Bruins are hoping they will get Zdeno Chara back in their lineup on December 11th against Chicago.

The 37-year-old has been out since October 23rd with a knee injury. Even though he isn't the same player he once was, he will be a welcomed addition to the Bruins' lineup.
Dec 7 - 12:59 PM

Zdeno Chara continues to skate in Boston while the Bruins are on the west coast.

A December 11th return to action from a torn knee ligament is still viable. Good thing Chara is progressing as planned as the Bruins need him back in the lineup desperately.
Dec 6 - 8:45 AM

According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox, the Bruins are hoping to get Zdeno Chara back Dec. 11

Chara has not played since Oct. 23 because of a torn knee ligament. The defenseman has two goals and an assist in nine games this season.
Source: The Score
Nov 29 - 9:40 PM

Updating an earlier item, it appears that Zdeno Chara will not accompany the Bruins on their west coast road trip starting this week.

He will stay behind as he still is not quite ready to return to action from ligament damage to his knee. Chara is skating and progressing, though, so he may be able to practise with his teammates when they return to Boston. Keep Chara on reserve for now but start making plans to activate him during the second week of December.
Nov 29 - 8:41 AM

Zdeno Chara (knee) will likely travel with the Bruins on the team's four-game road trip next week.

However, GM Peter Chiarelli isn't sure if Chara will be ready to play at some point during the trip. Having said that, it's a good sign if he does end up accompanying the team.
Nov 27 - 4:50 PM

Zdeno Chara (knee) skated on his own for the first time in a month on Monday morning.

"It's a start, yeah, it's a start," coach Claude Julien said. "Again, he’s certainly not close to being [with us] yet. It's his first time in a long time, and it's always encouraging to see your player back on skates, that's for sure." He suffered a torn PCL back on Oct. 23.
Nov 24 - 3:32 PM

Zdeno Chara has officially been placed on the long term injury reserve.

The move was made to help make the numbers work under the cap as Matt Lindblad and Jordan Caron were called back up while Zach Trotman was sent back to Providence on Sunday. The B's were about $680K short, but now that Big Z has passed the 10-game/24-day threshhold, all this nuance can kick in. Ahh the joys of financial legistics!
Nov 23 - 5:53 PM

Zdeno Chara's (knee) original prognosis was set at four-to-six weeks, but he isn't sure when he'll be ready to return.

"There is not a timeline right now. I wish I could tell you guys exactly when I'm going to return, but at this point it's such a slow process," he said. "Who knows where it's going?" Chara was flipping the puck back and forth with David Krejci in the halls before Tuesday's morning skate. He suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament on Oct. 23 and for now he has avoided surgery.
Nov 5 - 8:06 AM

Zdeno Chara was seen walking very slowly and stiff-legged in the Boston dressing room on Friday.

That is understandable given that Chara has a torn knee ligament and is wearing a brace. That said, one week into his recovery, Chara does not look like he will return to action in four weeks. It may not be until a full six weeks passes that we see the Bruins' top blueliner in game action again.
Nov 1 - 8:42 AM

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C1David Krejci
2Patrice Bergeron
3Carl Soderberg
4Gregory Campbell
5Marc Savard
LW1Milan Lucic
2Brad Marchand
3Daniel Paille
4Simon Gagne
5Craig Cunningham
6Anthony Camara
RW1Loui Eriksson
2Reilly Smith
3Chris Kelly
4Matt Fraser
5Seth Griffith
D1Zdeno Chara
2Torey Krug
3Dougie Hamilton
4Dennis Seidenberg
5Adam McQuaid
6Matt Bartkowski
7Kevan Miller
8Zach Trotman
G1Tuukka Rask
2Niklas Svedberg