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Zdeno Chara | Defenseman | #33

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (40) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 250
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 3 (56) / NYI
Contract: view contract details

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Zdeno Chara posted one goal and one assist in a 6-1 win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
Chara also posted five shots, one block and one hit in the contest. The 40-year-old rearguard has 16 points and a plus-29 rating in 52 games this season. Feb 8 - 9:08 AM

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Zdeno Chara played in his 1,400th NHL game on Saturday.

It was another example of the 40-year-old's continued value to Boston as he registered an assist and logged 24 minutes in the Bruins' 4-1 win over Toronto. He's just the 39th player to ever reach the 1,400-game milestone and one of just four active NHL players on that list, not counting Jaromir Jagr, who was transferred to the Czech Republic.
Feb 4 - 4:12 AM

Zdeno Chara has continued to play big minutes for the Boston Bruins this season.

Chara is 40 years old, but that hasn't stopped him from being a big-minute shutdown defenseman. The veteran has played 24 minutes or more in five of his last seven contests. "[Chara] thrives on it; he wants it. Sometimes you’ve got to grab him by the scruff – well I can’t – but [B’s assistant coach] Kevin [Dean] will try to get him off in [some of] those situations – not in a five-on-three – but he relishes that role," head coach Bruce Cassidy of Chara's ability to kill penalties. "If you look at our PK all year it has been in the top five, maybe slipped out to seven or eight. Zee is the biggest reason on it – and the goaltender has to make the saves. That’s not being disrespectful to [Patrice Bergeron], who does a great job, or [Riley] Nash, but Zee sees a lion’s share of it, and he sets the tone on it."
Jan 20 - 10:22 AM

Zdeno Chara found the back of the net in Monday afternoon's 3-2 OT loss to Dallas.

Chara has picked up a point (one goal, two assists) in each of his last three outings. The veteran defender hasn't contributed much offensively this season, with 13 points in 42 contests, but he has recorded 89 hits, 74 blocks and a plus-21 rating.
Jan 16 - 9:55 AM

Zdeno Chara will head into Tuesday's road game against the Islanders with no points over his past six outings, and just two goals and five points over his past 24 outings.

Chara has really struggled this season with just three goals and 10 points with only 59 shots on goal through 37 games. Oddly enough, two of his three goals have gone for game winners. He still needs to do way more on a regular basis before fantasy owners can start to trust him again.
Jan 1 - 10:41 PM

Zdeno Chara scored the game winner Thursday night versus Los Angeles.

Chara fired the puck into the net just as a penalty to Kings center Anze Kopitar expired. He gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead at the 13:16 mark of the second period and that was the final goal of the contest. It was Chara's second goal of the season and his sixth point through 18 games.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 08:53:00 AM

Zdeno Chara picked up a goal and a couple of assists in a 6-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

Chara has now joined Ray Bourque, Bobby Orr, and Brad Park as the only defensemen in Bruins history to record 300 assists with the team. Chara has lost some of his fantasy upside with age, but will occasionally chip in with a big night every now and again. For now, he should only be owned in deeper leagues.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 12:18:00 AM

Zdeno Chara isn't feeling well, so he won't play Monday night against Chicago.

Consider him day-to-day for now. Boston has two more preseason games left this week before the start of the regular season.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 01:44:00 PM

Boston would like to have Zdeno Chara back after the 2017-18 season.

"Zee, I've had talks with him. He has indicated to us that he would like to keep playing, and we have indicated to him that we would like him to keep playing for the Boston Bruins," said GM Don Sweeney. "As we go through camp and as we go through the regular season, we'll continue to have those talks. But I thought it was important to let him know we're in his corner in that regard." It seems the 40-year-old defender will get a short-term extension to stay with Boston.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 05:23:00 PM

Even at the age of 40, Zdeno Chara feels like he has something to prove.

"You always have to prove yourself, no matter your age, no matter what kind of season you had. You can have an MVP season, but you still have to come back and prove it again," Chara said. "I can talk about my Norris Trophy years and all that stuff, but every year I came back and wanted to prove that I belonged as a top defenseman. Now it’s the same thing. All the (Norris) nominations are probably past, but I still want to contribute to the game just like I did before." Chara had 10 goals and 29 points in 75 contests last season, which pales in comparison to his old offensive numbers, but he still averaged 23:20 minutes per game. While he might not be the fantasy option he once was, the Bruins still rely on him.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 03:17:00 AM

Zdeno Chara will begin his 20th NHL season at training camp in September.

The 40-year-old blueliner doesn't know how much longer his career will last, but he hasn't lost his drive for playing. "I just want to have fun, play, and compete and work hard," said Chara. "I love everything about it. I love the sacrifice. I love the pain that goes with it. Love playing with young guys. Love playing with older guys." Chara is expected to play on Boston's shutdown pair alongside Brandon Carlo this season. He has one more year left on his contract and would like to stay with the Bruins until he feels it's time to retire.
Thu, Aug 10, 2017 01:20:00 PM

Zdeno Chara was not asked to waive his no-movement clause ahead of Monday's deadline for the expansion draft.

David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Backes also have no-move clauses on the Bruins and they were not asked to waive either. None of this is surprising except maybe for Chara. The 40-year-old defenseman has one more season on his contract and Boston likes his veteran presence on the back end, but it's doubtful that he would have interested the Golden Knights.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 10:21:00 AM

Zdeno Chara doesn't appear to be thinking of retirement just yet.

Chara has one year left on his current contract, and he's interested in signing a new deal after next season. The 40-year-old's production has slowed down, but he's still an effective defenseman. He had 10 goals and 19 assists in 75 games this season. He averaged 23:19 of ice time during the regular season and 28:46 during the playoffs.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 10:01:00 PM

Zdeno Chara has one year left on his seven-year, $45.5 million contract.

The 40-year-old defender could still factor into Boston's plans if he wants to sign shorter term deals. Chara has acted as a mentor to the team's younger blueliners and he could continue to fill that role. He posted 29 points, 59 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating in 75 games in 2016-17.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 09:50:00 AM

Zdeno Chara registered a point for a fourth straight game on Thursday night.

He earned an assist on a power-play goal by Drew Stafford in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators. Chara has two goals and two helpers during his scoring streak.
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 08:43:00 AM

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C1Patrice Bergeron
2David Krejci
3Ryan Spooner
4Sean Kuraly
5Jordan Szwarz
6Riley Nash
LW1Brad Marchand
2Jake DeBrusk
3Tim Schaller
RW1David Pastrnak
2Anders Bjork
3Danton Heinen
4David Backes
5Noel Acciari
D1Torey Krug
2Charlie McAvoy
3Brandon Carlo
4Zdeno Chara
5Adam McQuaid
6Kevan Miller
7Matthew Grzelcyk
8Nick Holden
G1Tuukka Rask
2Anton Khudobin