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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
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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. Sep 14 - 5:23 PM

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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.
Sep 6 - 3:17 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.
Aug 10 - 1:20 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.

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.
Apr 25 - 10:01 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.
Apr 25 - 9:50 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.
Apr 7 - 8:43 AM

Zdeno Chara netted a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-0 win over Tampa Bay.

He posted his 10th goal of the season. Chara has two goals and one assist during a three-game point streak. The veteran defender has been hot down the stretch with 10 points in the past 14 matches.
Apr 5 - 10:02 AM

Zdeno Chara picked up another helper during Sunday's big 3-2 win over the Blackhawks.

That was Chara's second game in a row with a helper, and he now has points in four of his last six games. For the season Chara has 19 assists and 27 points in 72 games.
Apr 2 - 3:43 PM

Zdeno Chara collected an assist in Saturday's big 5-2 win over the Panthers.

He has recorded 18 helpers and 26 points in 71 games this season. That includes three points in the last five contests.
Apr 1 - 4:38 PM

Zdeno Chara earned a pair of assists Wednesday in a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Both of his helpers came in the first period on goals by David Krejci and Brad Marchand. He also had three shots, three blocks and a plus-2 rating in a game-high 23:35 of ice time. Chara has contributed 20 points in 60 games this season.
Mar 9 - 9:46 AM

Zdeno Chara has been working on the second power-play unit.

He split work on the point with Colin Miller, while Frank Vatrano manned the other side with Peter Cehlarik, David Krejci and David Pastrnak up front. Chara is expected to get more looks on the man advantage after his opportunities were severly limited under former bench boss Claude Julien. "He loves it," said interim coach Bruce Cassidy. "He wants to play on it. It's been well documented and we've tried to manage those situations — do what's best for the team and keep him a part of it."
Feb 22 - 9:43 AM

After declaring himself "good to go" on Friday, Zdeno Chara is in the lineup against the Canucks on Saturday.

Boston's captain has posted four goals and 15 points along with 40 PIMs, 85 hits and 94 blocks.
Feb 11 - 12:11 PM

Zdeno Chara declared himself "good to go" for Saturday's match with the Canucks.

Chara noted his recovery process, "It's been good, and a lot of progress [on Thursday] and today [on Friday]. Expect the Captain to return to the blue line. Chara has posted four goals and 15 points along with 40 PIMs, 85 hits and 94 blocks.
Feb 10 - 6:12 PM

Good news Bruins fans, Zdeno Chara (illness) was back at practice on Friday.

Of course that doesn't guarantee he'll play in either home game over the weekend. But it's a big step forward towards doing so (pun intended). Chara has posted four goals and 15 points along with 40 PIMs, 85 hits and 94 blocks. He is day-to-day, for now.
Feb 10 - 12:56 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Patrice Bergeron
2David Krejci
3Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson
4Ryan Spooner
5Austin Czarnik
LW1Brad Marchand
2Anders Bjork
3Sean Kuraly
4Frank Vatrano
5Matt Beleskey
6Tim Schaller
7Jake DeBrusk
RW1David Pastrnak
2David Backes
3Riley Nash
4Noel Acciari
5Kenny Agostino
D1Torey Krug
2Charlie McAvoy
3Brandon Carlo
4Zdeno Chara
5Adam McQuaid
6Kevan Miller
7Paul Postma
8Matthew Grzelcyk
G1Tuukka Rask
2Anton Khudobin
3Malcolm Subban