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Zdeno Chara | Defenseman

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 255
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With the start of training camp just around the corner, Zdeno Chara doesn't want to spend much time dwelling on Boston's failed 2014-15 bid.
"I don't want to go back too much to last year. I think the most frequent word that came out of last season was inconsistency, and that’s what we have to work on," said Chara. "We have to make sure we play with that consistency, and not experience those ups and downs like last year." Chara is coming off of a down season in which he only recorded 20 points and while Boston might bounce back, he is less likely to. At the age of 38, his decline makes sense. Sep 1 - 10:02 AM

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Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney said he'd like to see his defensemen skate the puck up ice more.

"I think they have to," Sweeney said. "At times, we probably got a little bit too stationary on our breakouts. We need to be in motion a little bit. That means our forwards will be in motion a little bit, because teams were able to smother the walls, pinch, and pre-pinch." Sweeney's wishes may be easier said than done, as the Bruins have an older group of defensemen for the most part. The off-season trade of Dougie Hamilton won't help either.
Aug 9 - 10:54 AM

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said on Friday that he's looking towards free agency to bolster his blueline and help out the aging Zdeno Chara and his younger, inexperienced teammates.

"There are a couple free agents that we still have conversations with that we felt might improve our club if the financial component works," said Sweeney. Trading Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk over the past two years have created the need for some experience and a power play specialist on the blueline. Christian Ehrhoff and Marek Zidlicky are two that could fill both of those roles, while Cody Franson is another option for Sweeney, though he might be too expensive for the Bruins.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 18 - 12:22 PM

Zdeno Chara may be 38 years old, but he plans on finishing the final three years of his contract.

"My contract goes for another three years and I’d like to play until then," Chara said. His contract dings the cap at $6.916M per, but it was only as recently as 2013-14 when he scored 17 goals, 40 points, and finished second to Duncan Keith for the Norris Trophy. The Bruins also won the Presidents Trophy that season, so for all the commotion in Boston over the last season, there's a lot to like about Chara and his team moving forward. "I think we still have a competitive team with some good young players," Chara noted. "Being out of the playoffs just makes you want to get back there even more."
Jun 12 - 5:23 PM

Zdeno Chara admits that he doesn't like when people judge him because of his age.

Chara, 38, missed 19 games because of torn ligaments in his knee early in the year, and he was also dealing with a non displaced fracture of his left fibula at the end of the season. "I don’t understand why all of a sudden my age is an issue just because I got hurt and I missed a lot of games, a big chunk of the season," said Chara, 38. "I don’t like it. I don’t like when people start to judge you based on age or the amount of games you played.I still feel very motivated, very confident that I’m going to be healthy and strong next season. I don’t know. Obviously I am planning to play beyond what maybe people are guessing or expecting. My plans have always been to play in this league at a high level for a long time."
May 17 - 10:46 AM

The Boston Bruins confirmed that Zdeno Chara does indeed have a fractured bone.

More specifically, the fracture is in his left fibula and it's non-displaced. He won't need surgery and should be fine in four weeks. He is no longer expected to play in the 2015 World Championships as a result.
Apr 21 - 6:28 PM

Zdeno Chara apparently suffered a fractured ankle near the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

Chara will not play in the World Championships as a result. He might have sustained the injury when he was struck by the puck on April 4. That would mean that he played through the injury for three games as the Bruins tried to make the playoffs.
Apr 21 - 3:44 PM

Zdeno Chara expects to return to form next season.

"I know people talk about my age and this and that, but trust me, it’s not an issue," said the 38-year-old blueliner. "If it wasn't an issue last year, why would it be an issue this year? One year (doesn’t change) everything. It's something where an injury did happen and it obviously slows down the season." He wasn't 100 percent when he returned from a torn PCL, but he feels fully recovered now even though he plans to wear knee braces for the rest of his career. Chara had 20 points and an even plus-minus rating in 63 games.
Apr 14 - 8:41 AM

Zdeno Chara said the PCL in his left knee is permanently torn.

He suffered the injury back in October and missed 19 games with the ailment. However, it won't require further surgery and it has healed sufficiently. Chara posted just 20 points in 63 games this past campaign. The 38-year-old blueliner may not be much of a fantasy factor anymore.
Apr 13 - 2:20 PM

Zdeno Chara was hobbled by another shot on Wednesday.

At 13:11 of the first, he blocked a shot that sent him down to the ice and over to the bench in pain, but he stayed in the game and ended up logging 23:25 of ice time. Chara appeared to get hit again in the foot/ankle like he was in Saturday's game against Toronto.
Apr 9 - 8:25 AM

Zdeno Chara is expected to play Wednesday after he returned to practice on Tuesday.

He blocked a shot with his ankle on Saturday and missed Monday's session as a result. However, he felt fine on Tuesday.
Apr 7 - 4:31 PM

Zdeno Chara blocked a shot with his left ankle on Saturday, but he was able to finish the game.

"I know he's better (yesterday) than he was after last game, so we'll hope for the best here," coach Claude Julien said Monday after Chara was absent from practice. The Bruins called it a "maintenance day" for the big defender and said he was listed as "day-to-day."
Apr 7 - 10:18 AM

Zdeno Chara skipped Monday's practice for maintenance, according to coach Claude Julien.

It's apparently related to a blocked shot from Saturday, so he's being listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Boston visits Washington on Wednesday, so Chara has some time to rest up before that meeting. In the meantime, Joe Morrow has joined the Bruins from Providence.
Apr 6 - 11:42 AM

Zdeno Chara scored a goal in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Chara's goal at the 10:22 mark of the third period cut Tampa's lead to 4-2, but it was too little too late for Boston. Chara finished the game with a minus-1 rating with five shots on goal, two hits and a blocked shot in 24:14 of action. Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins. Boston has a one point lead over the Ottawa Senators for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Mar 22 - 7:40 PM

Zdeno Chara scored a goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.

The goal was scored into an empty net, but Chara also had two shots, three blocks and he finished the game with a plus-2 rating in 24:13 of ice time in the contest. Age seems to have caught up to Chara, but he is still more than capable of contributing at the NHL level. The 37-year-old has seven goals and 19 points in 49 games this season.
Mar 15 - 11:10 AM

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PosRoleName
C1David Krejci
2Patrice Bergeron
3Ryan Spooner
4Chris Kelly
LW1Brad Marchand
2Matt Beleskey
3Maxime Talbot
4Zac Rinaldo
RW1Loui Eriksson
2David Pastrnak
3Brett Connolly
4Jimmy Hayes
5Joonas Kemppainen
D1Zdeno Chara
2Torey Krug
3Dennis Seidenberg
4Adam McQuaid
5Kevan Miller
6Matt Irwin
7Joe Morrow
G1Tuukka Rask
2Jeremy Smith
3Malcolm Subban