|Assets:||Can shut down opposing forwards with aplomb. Loves to hit people. Plays with tremendous intensity and grit. Is a true leader in the dressing room. Possesses a great point shot, which produces a good number of goals. Is also a great pugilist.|
|Flaws:||Has difficulty defending some of the quickest forwards in the NHL, since he can struggle with quick turns. Is prone to taking the occasional bad penalty. Doesn't have the speed to rush up ice with the puck consistently.|
|Career Potential:||Elite all-around defenseman and leader.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2010-11 (Boston)|
|NHL||James Norris Memorial Trophy||2008-09|
|NHL||Mark Messier Leader of the Year Award||2010-11|
|NHL||First All-Star Team||2013-14, 2008-09, 2003-04|
|NHL||Second All-Star Team||2011-12, 2010-11, 2007-08, 2005-06|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2011-12, 2010-11, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2002-03|
|2/26/2014||Missed 2 games (personal reasons).|
|2/06/2014||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|1/01/2014||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|10/02/2012||Signed with HC Lev Praha (KHL).|
|12/17/2011||Missed 2 games (leg injury).|
|12/13/2011||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|4/18/2011||Missed the last playoff game (dehydration).|
|10/09/2010||Signed by the Boston Bruins to a seven-year contract extension.|
|3/11/2010||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|3/09/2010||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/20/2008||Missed 5 games (upper body injury).|
|3/09/2008||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/11/2007||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|1/06/2007||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/01/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins to a five-year contract.|
|4/11/2006||Missed 10 games (hand injury).|
|3/23/2006||Hand injury, day-to-day.|
|12/03/2005||Suspended by the NHL for one game.|
|9/24/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the Farjestad BK of the Elitserien Hockey League (Sweden).|
|8/10/2004||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators to a two-year contract.|
|7/16/2004||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|3/08/2004||Missed 1 game (right foot injury).|
|3/06/2004||Right foot injury, day-to-day.|
|2/10/2004||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|2/03/2004||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/08/2003||Missed 8 games (chest injury).|
|2/17/2003||Chest injury, day-to-day.|
|5/14/2002||Missed Game 6 and 7 of Round Two against Toronto (knee injury).|
|5/12/2002||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|3/30/2002||Missed 4 games (flu).|
|1/20/2002||Missed 3 games (shoulder injury).|
|1/15/2002||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|9/24/2001||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators.|
|6/23/2001||Acquired from the New York Islanders.|
|7/01/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins.|
|6/23/2001||Ottawa Senators traded Alexei Yashin to the New York Islanders for Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt and 1st round selection (Jason Spezza) in 2001.|
|6/22/1996||Drafted by the New York Islanders in the 3rd round (56th overall) in 1996.|
Zdeno Chara's hand is still on the mend | 06/24/2014 10:10 AM
NewsZdeno Chara left hand is still on the mend after a pair of slashes in the second round against Montreal.
Impact"It's good. It's healed and we're still looking to get the full feeling," he said. "It should be something that we stay on top of and it'll get better." He suffered a broken pinky in Game 3 and a slice on his ring finger during Game 5. Chara still doesn't think that surgery will be necessary.
Zdeno Chara doesn't need surgery yet | 05/16/2014 2:17 PM
NewsZdeno Chara doesn't think he'll need finger surgery.
ImpactChara reportedly suffered a finger fracture during the Bruins' second-round series against Montreal. He didn't specifically confirm the injury, but he did say that it's something that will require monitoring over the next few days.
Report: Chara played with a fractured finger | 05/16/2014 6:52 AM
NewsAccording to Otto Sykora, who is the GM of the Slovakian national men's hockey team, Zdeno Chara suffered a finger fracture in Game 4 during Boston's second-round series against Montreal.
ImpactThe report, on Hokej.sk, also stated that the injury will require surgery. Sykora unveiled the story when he was asked if Chara would be joining his country for the ongoing World Hockey Championship in Minsk, Belarus. The big defenseman's game slipped as Boston's semifinal series went on, so it would make sense that he was playing banged up. Still, we will wait for confirmation from the Bruins before speculating further.
Zdeno Chara appeared to fade in Gms 6 and 7 | 05/15/2014 10:34 AM
NewsZdeno Chara was victimized in Games 6 and 7 by the speedy Montreal Canadiens.
ImpactPerhaps the Canadiens were right when they felt Chara was getting tired in the series. Max Pacioretty out-skated him to the puck for a back-breaking goal in Game 6 and he was unlucky in Game 7 when Daniel Briere's centering effort went off his skate and into the net. He was also whistled for eight penalty minutes in those two games and he posted just one shot. The 37-year-old defender has been able to avoid showing his age with solid play on the ice, but in Boston's second-round series against Montreal he appeared to be a step behind quite often.
Habs believe Zdeno Chara was tired in Game 5 | 05/11/2014 3:29 PM
NewsMontreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais indicates that Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara grew tired in Game 5 (even if Boston won).
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Impact"When you do that, he's just another defenseman," Desharnais said. This isn't the first series where players have at least implied that the elite and large (but admittedly) aging blueliner might slow down. His on-ice play hasn't really giving those thoughts a whole lot of credence, however.
Zdeno Chara leads Bruins in ice time | 05/11/2014 8:48 AM
NewsZdeno Chara is leading the Boston Bruins with an average of 25:52 minutes per contest.
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ImpactChara is also tied for second on the team with a plus-five rating. He recorded an assist on Saturday, giving him four points in 10 playoff games.
Zdeno Chara picks up a plus-5 rating Saturday | 05/03/2014 6:18 PM
NewsZdeno Chara registered a plus-5 rating in Boston's 5-3 win over Montreal in Game 2.
ImpactHe played a game-high 26:59 of ice time in the contest, where he added an assist and five hits. Chara has three points in seven playoff contests in 2014.
Bruins and Habs will commence series on Thurs | 04/29/2014 8:21 PM
NewsRDS is reporting the Bruins and Habs' second round series will begin on Thursday, May 1, at the TD Garden at 7:30 p.m.
ImpactGame 2 is a matinee on Saturday, May 3, followed by Tuesday and Thursday of the following week for Games 3 & 4 in Montreal. Since the Bruins disposed of the Red Wings in five games and the Habs swept the Lightning, Game 1 will come after a five day layoff for Boston and a nine day break for Montreal.
Zdeno Chara is up for another Norris Trophy | 04/28/2014 2:11 PM
NewsZdeno Chara is a finalist for the 2013-14 James Norris Memorial Trophy.
ImpactThe towering defenseman registered 17 goals and 40 points in 77 games, while posting a plus-25 rating and leading he Bruins in average ice time per contest (24:39). His 10 power-play markers ranked him second among NHL rearguards. Chara won the Norris in 2008-09 and this marks the sixth time that he's up for the award.
Zdeno Chara helps Boston eliminated Detroit | 04/27/2014 8:37 AM
NewsZdeno Chara found the back of the net in Boston's 4-2 win over Detroit.
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ImpactIt was Chara's 15th career goal in 134 playoff games. Among active players, Chara ranks 10th in total postseason contests, but those ahead of him, Sergei Gonchar and Brad Stuart, are still alive in their respective first round series.
Zdeno Chara nearly fights and scores in Gm 2 | 04/21/2014 9:47 AM
NewsZdeno Chara was more engaged in Game 2 against Detroit.
ImpactHe nearly participated in fisticuffs with Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith at the end of the first period and scored a power-play goal in the third. Chara was also credited with four hits and two blocks. He ended up logging 26:04 of ice time in Boston's 4-1 win.
Chara to play Saturday afternoon v Sabres | 04/12/2014 9:36 AM
NewsLook for Zdeno Chara to return to the Bruins lineup Saturday afternoon against the Sabres.
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ImpactHe was given Thursday night's game against the Jets off. The Bruins are hoping to keep Chara rested and healthy for the start of the playoffs so there is a chance he won't play in Sunday's season finale against the Devils.
Bruins rested Zdeno Chara against Jets | 04/11/2014 7:13 AM
NewsZdeno Chara didn't dress in Thursday's shootout loss to Winnipeg.
ImpactHe as given the night off with the regular season drawing to a close and the playoffs quickly approaching. Chara has averaged 24:42 of ice time in 76 games this season. The 37-year-old defenseman has 17 goals, 39 points and a plus-24 rating.
Zdeno Chara's two assists not enough for B's | 04/09/2014 1:26 AM
NewsZdeno Chara collected two assists in Boston's 4-3 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
ImpactChara's pair of helpers brings him up to 39 points in 76 games this year. The giant Slovakian is also +24 this season with 52 penalty minutes.
Zdeno Chara nets PPG against Philadelphia | 03/31/2014 9:50 AM
NewsZdeno Chara netted his 17th goal in Sunday's shootout win over Philadelphia.
ImpactHe registered his 10th power-play marker of the year to give him his first goal in his last nine games. Chara has hit double digits in goals nine times in his career, with his personal best coming in 2008-09 when he got 19.
B's may give players a break down the stretch | 03/28/2014 8:01 AM
NewsZdeno Chara logged 21:32 of ice time in Thursday's 3-0 win over Chicago.
ImpactIt was still enough playing time to lead the Bruins on the night, but it was well below his season average of 24:47 per contest. "I'm trying to play as hard as I can every game and do my job while I'm out there," Chara said. "If I get less or more ice time, I don't really care." The Bruins have rested their top players before down the stretch, so don't be surprised if it happens again and a player like Chara gets a game off before the playoffs begin.
Zdeno Chara stretches point streak to 3 games | 03/14/2014 8:06 AM
NewsZdeno Chara scored for a second straight game in Boston's 2-1 victory over Phoenix on Thursday night.
ImpactHe has two goals and one assist during his current three-game scoring streak. Chara is tied for second among NHL rearguards with 16 markers in 63 games.
Zdeno Chara scores 15th goal Wednesday night | 03/13/2014 10:15 AM
NewsZdeno Chara potted his 15th goal of the 2013-14 season in Wednesday's win against Montreal.
ImpactHe finished with a plus-2 rating and logged 22:59 of ice time in a 4-1 victory. Chara has picked up 29 points in 62 outings this campaign.
Chara returns to Boston after OLY experience | 02/24/2014 2:42 PM
NewsZdeno Chara is back with the Boston Bruins following his Olympic experience with Slovakia.
ImpactThe Slovakian team had a disappointing showing in the tournament, where they lost in the qualification round to the Czech Republic. Chara led the Slovaks in average ice time, with 23:31 per contest, and he produced one assist in four games. Still, he was happy to get the chance to represent his country and to carry the flag at the opening ceremony. "You have to take advantage of the experience and you never know when you're going to be able to either go or if Slovakia is going to be able to qualify, so it could have been possibly the last one," Chara said. "So you want to make the best of it." The NHL hasn't decided if it will participate in the 2018 Winter Games and Chara is nearly 37 years of age.
Slovakia disappointing in Winter Olympics | 02/15/2014 8:26 PM
NewsSlovakia has been a major disappointment thus far in the Winter Olympics.
ImpactBoasting 12 NHL players, the Slovaks were thought of as a darkhorse medal team prior to the Games. But it got blown out by Team USA in their first game and lost to Slovenia and its one NHL player (Anze Kopitar) on Saturday morning. Slovakia has a minus-eight goal differential, with just two goals in the tournament. It takes on Russia on Sunday.
Zdeno Chara leaves for Sochi after Tuesday | 02/04/2014 7:00 AM
NewsZdeno Chara will play in his last game on Tuesday night against Vancouver before he leaves for the Olympics.
ImpactThe towering defenseman will carry the flag for Slovakia during the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Games, so he won't be in the lineup Thursday at St. Louis and Saturday versus Ottawa. "As an organization, we've chosen to take the direction of supporting him," coach Claude Julien said. "That's the way it is, and we'll make do. It's not different than an injury. We've still got to play and win."
Chara will miss 2 games before Olympic break | 02/01/2014 2:35 PM
NewsZdeno Chara will miss two games next week to be Slovakia's flag bearer during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
ImpactHe will travel to Sochi before the NHL's Olympic break, so he won't be available for Boston's games against St. Louis (Thursday, Feb. 6) and Ottawa (Saturday, Feb. 8). Adjust your lineup accordingly for those contests.
Zdeno Chara records his 500th career point | 01/28/2014 6:25 AM
NewsZdeno Chara scored for the third time in his last two games on Monday night.
ImpactHis 12th marker of the season gave him the 500th point of his NHL career. Chara just happened to score his milestone point against the New York Islanders, which is the club that originally drafted him in the third round of the 1996 class. "I am very fortunate to play in this league for so many years," said Chara who accomplished the feat in his 1,105th game. "Points have always been secondary in my view, but if I can contribute offensively it is a big plus." He has 22 points in 50 games this year.
Zdeno Chara scores twice in Bruins' victory | 01/26/2014 9:04 AM
NewsZdeno Chara scored two goals in Boston's 6-1 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday.
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ImpactChara had just one point in his previous nine games. He has 11 goals, 21 points, and 40 penalty minutes in 49 contests in 2013-14. His fantasy value only goes up in leagues that value hits and blocked shots as he has 107 and 70 respectively.
Chara will carry Slovakian flag at Olympics | 01/16/2014 1:45 PM
NewsZdeno Chara will carry Slovakia's flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, so he'll miss at least one NHL game.
ImpactThe opening ceremonies will occur on Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia so Chara will probably miss Saturday's game against Ottawa on Feb. 8. Depending on when he leaves the team, his status for Thursday's contest at St. Louis on Feb. 6 could also be in doubt. "When you look at what Z has done for this club, I think it's an easy decision to make," coach Claude Julien said. "You're carrying your country's flag at the Olympics. Even if he misses a game and maybe two, I think that's the least we can do for a guy who's given us so much since he's been here." We'll keep you posted on Chara's travel arrangements.
Team Slovakia picks Zdeno Chara as captain | 01/07/2014 10:09 AM
NewsZdeno Chara has been select as Team Slovakia's captain for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics.
ImpactSlovakia is a team that can't be regarded as a favorite to go far in the Winter Games, but is still capable of pulling off an upset win or two. If that happens, it will be because of the country's few star players like Chara. They might also have blueliner Lubomir Visnovsky if he recovers from a concussion in time.
| 01/01/2014 2:06 AM
NewsZdeno Chara returned to action on Tuesday December 31.
Zdeno Chara joins Bruins for practice Monday | 12/30/2013 3:57 PM
NewsUpdating an earlier item, Zdeno Chara was on the ice for Monday's practice.
ImpactIt looks like he will be ready to play Tuesday after he was a late scratch for Saturday's match-up against Ottawa.
Chara status for Tuesday still unknown | 12/30/2013 8:11 AM
NewsAlthough the Bruins have not updated Zdeno Chara's medical condition, the demotions of David Warsofsky and Zach Trotman on Sunday bode well for Chara's return to action.
ImpactWe don't believe the Bruins would assign two defensemen to the AHL if Chara was not ready to practice on Monday and play Tuesday against the Islanders. We will update you as to Chara's status once news comes out of Boston.
Chara day-to-day with undisclosed injury | 12/29/2013 8:41 AM
NewsAlthough the nature of Zdeno Chara's injury is still unknown, the Bruins are listing their franchise defenseman as day-to-day.
Joe Haggerty Twitter
ImpactWell at least that is somewhat good news. The Bruins next play on Tuesday against the Islanders and it is not clear if Chara will be ready to suit up. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for updates on Chara's status.
Zdeno Chara out Saturday, is day-to-day | 12/28/2013 6:37 PM
NewsZdeno Chara is a late scratch for Saturday night's contest.
Boston Bruins on Twitter
ImpactHe didn't take to the ice for the warmups and won't play against Ottawa. It isn't clear what is ailing the big Boston defender, but he is listed as day-to-day. The Bruins have five blueliners on the ice right now because emergency call-up Zach Trotman hasn't arrived yet.
Zdeno Chara has been dominant at home | 12/23/2013 7:25 AM
NewsZdeno Chara has been particularly effective at home this season.
CSN New England
ImpactChara has nine goals and 13 points in 20 home contests in 2013-14. He's part of the reason the Bruins are a crushing 15-3-2 in Boston this season. At the same time, he has just three points in 16 road games.
Zdeno Chara collects two goals in Bruins win | 12/17/2013 9:46 PM
NewsZdeno Chara scored both of the Boston Bruins' goals in a 2-0 win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
ImpactThat gives Chara nine tallies and 15 points on the season. His fantasy value doesn't really match his impressive work in reality, as the best evidence of his great play probably comes in the uninterrupted line of success for Bruins goalies. He is strong in deeper stats, however.
Flu keeps Chara, others out of practice Mon. | 12/10/2013 7:20 AM
NewsZdeno Chara was held out of Monday's practice because of the flu.
ImpactKevan Miller, Gregory Campbell, and Chad Johnson joined Chara in feeling under the weather, so they were kept away from their healthy teammates on Monday. Look for them ti be available for Tuesday night's contest in Calgary. We'll let you know if we hear otherwise.
Bruins come back, Chara gets game-winner | 12/07/2013 11:46 PM
NewsZdeno Chara notched the game-winning goal for the Bruins in their 3-2 come-from-behind victory against the Penguins on Saturday night.
ImpactBoston scored two goals in 1:16 to defeat the Penguins. David Krejci had the first one of those at 18:31 of the period. Chara is 36 now, but he still is a very good hockey player. He has seven goals and 12 points this season. Reilly Smith scored and had an assist.
Zdeno Chara gets Gordie Howe hat trick Friday | 11/29/2013 3:47 PM
NewsZdeno Chara had a Gordie Howe hat trick in Boston's 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
ImpactA Gordie Howe hat trick is a goal, assist, and a fight. Chara's sparring partner was Brian Boyle Friday afternoon. Chara also ended up collecting two minutes for hooking. Brad Marchand also had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron netted his seventh goal of the season.
Z. Chara finds the back of the net Saturday | 11/24/2013 8:55 AM
NewsZdeno Chara scored a goal in Boston's 3-2 overtime win on Saturday.
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ImpactChara has four goals and eight points in 23 games this season. He should be able to pick up the pace as the season drags on. Either way though, Chara's value goes up in leagues that use hits and blocked shots as he has 56 and 31 respectively.
Zdeno Chara's late goal propels Bruins to win | 10/31/2013 9:57 PM
NewsZdeno Chara scored his second goal of the season in a 3-2 shootout victory over Anaheim Thursday night.
ImpactChara's goal with under three minutes to play in the third period knotted the score at 2-2 and pushed the game to a shootout, where the Bruins eventually prevailed. Carl Soderberg's first NHL goal was the other Boston marker in the win.
Zdeno Chara pots goal for Bruins in win | 10/05/2013 9:46 PM
NewsZdeno Chara notched a goal for the Bruins in their 4-1 win against the Red Wings on Saturday night.
ImpactThe grizzled veteran is coming off a down season in which he notched just 19 points in 48 games, but a lot of veterans had trouble adjusting to the lockout-shortened campaign, so let's write that off as a fluke. Chara might not post elite numbers, but he'll be plenty productive. Torey Krug notched a goal and an assist, whle Jordan Caron, Torey Krug and Brad Marshand had the other markers. Milan Lucic had two assists.
Zdeno Chara will provide PP versatility | 09/24/2013 6:33 AM
NewsZdeno Chara's power-play goals against Washington displayed versatility and how the Bruins should utilize his size and ability this year.
ImpactHe produced one goal from being positioned in front of the net and the other from the point during a 5-on-3 advantage. "No matter where it is, I love to compete and being in those areas," said Chara. "Wherever the coaching staff decides to use me, I'm fine with that. Right now, we're trying different looks on the power play and one of them is in front. And 5-on-3 I was back on the point." Coach Claude Julien plans to switch up where the big captain lines up on the power play over the course of the year. He provides an excellent screen and his blistering shot is a strong weapon as well.
Zdeno Chara scores pair in preseason win | 09/23/2013 10:03 PM
NewsZdeno Chara scored two goals for the Bruins in a 3-2 overtime win over Washington in Monday night's preseason action.
ImpactDespite the fact his career should be on the decline, the ageless wonder shows no signs of wearing down, Chris Kelly scored the overtime winner for the Bruins while Tuukka Rask blocked 12 of 14 shots for the win. Braden Holtby stopped 35 of 38 Boston shots in the losing effort while Washington received scoring contributions from Connor Carrick and Martin Erat.
Chara may have new PP assignment | 09/15/2013 8:19 AM
NewsDon't be surprised if Zdeno Chara receives plenty of opportunities to play in front of the opponent's net on the Bruins' power-play this upcoming season.
ImpactBoston did employ Chara in this fashion in season's past during 5-3 power plays. However, it seems with the emergence of Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk, Bruins' coach Claude Julien believes he has the depth on the point to try Chara down low more often. "We're tinkering with that," coach Claude Julien said. "Obviously we're going to have another look. We've got some guys that we feel can shoot the puck from the back end and do some things. Z is probably one of our best guys screening in front of the net with his big body". If Chara does line up this way, he is likely to pick up a few more goals of the garbage variety on the power play.
Zdeno Chara had a hip flexor injury | 06/26/2013 12:55 PM
NewsZdeno Chara's ailment was a hip flexor injury.
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ImpactThe Chicago Blackhawks appeared to wear down the Boston captain as the series progressed. Chara was on the ice for 10 of Chicago's 12 goals in the last three games of the Stanley Cup Finals en route to a minus-6 rating. Coach Claude Julien said that Chara was not playing at 100 percent after Game 6.
Claude Julien says Chara not at 100 percent | 06/24/2013 11:57 PM
NewsBoston Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Monday's Game 6 loss that Zdeno Chara was not 100 percent.
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ImpactJulien wouldn't reveal Chara's issue, but this unknown ailment might help explain Chara's three straight sub-par efforts in Games 4-6. The hulking defenseman finished the Stanley Cup final with a minus-5 rating and was again culpable for a Chicago goal Monday night when he mistakenly pinched along the boards after a faceoff and took himself out of position. Chara remains arguably the NHL's best shutdown defender, but he definitely was not himself in Boston's three straight losses to close out the season.
Julien expects Chara to rebound on Monday | 06/24/2013 9:29 AM
NewsBoston coach Claude Julien is looking for Zdeno Chara to rebound defensively in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night.
Impact"It's pretty obvious that they're throwing the pucks in his corner and they want to get him to turn and tire him out," Julien said. "He's a well-trained athlete that can handle that, and you'll see that in the next game and hopefully the one after that." Chara has compiled a minus-5 rating and the Hawks have scored eight of their nine goals in the past two games of the Cup Final while he's been on the ice.
Zdeno Chara struggling defensively of late | 06/23/2013 8:12 AM
NewsBruins defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg have struggled defensively in the last two games against Chicago.
ImpactThe Bruins' top pairing has experienced all sorts of trouble trying to contain Chicago's newly-formed top trio of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell and each of the blue liners sports a minus-5 rating of the team's last two games, both losses.
Zdeno Chara nets lone Bruins goal in loss | 06/22/2013 11:26 PM
NewsZdeno Chara scored a goal in a 3-1 defeat in Game 5.
ImpactDavid Krejci and Milan Lucic each recorded an assist on the Bruins' lone goal. Johnny Boychuk logged 24:51 minutes and was the only Boston player to finish with a plus/minsu rating above zero. Daniel Paille led the team with four shots on goal. Dennis Seidenberg was credited with a team-high four blocked shots.
Chara not intimidated by contact | 06/22/2013 9:45 AM
NewsThe fact that Zdeno Chara did not play well in Game 4 Wednesday night had nothing to do with the Blackhawks' strategy to by physical with the 6'7" defenseman according to the Bruins.
ImpactThe Hawks believe they threw Chara off his game by knocking him around in their 6-5 overtime win. Although he went minus three and was on the ice for five Chicago goals, the Bruins aren't buying what the Hawks are selling here. "Honestly, I don't know where they would get that scouting report from," Milan Lucic said on Friday. "He definitely doesn't mind the physical play at all. Once again, I don't know where they would get that scouting report from." It will be interesting to see if the Hawks go after Chara again in Game 5, and if they do, how the giant rearguard responds.
Chicago took it to Chara Wednesday night | 06/20/2013 6:16 AM
NewsIt wasn't a banner night for Zdeno Chara defensively in Wednesday's 6-5 overtime loss to Chicago.
ImpactThe Boston captain had been on the ice for just one opposition goal in his previous seven playoff games, but the Blackhawks put an end to that by racking up five markers against Chara in Game 4. He finished the contest with a minus-3 rating. Chara managed to collect two helpers in the defeat to somewhat salvage what could have been a disastrous night.
Julien says Zdeno Chara was cut over the eye | 06/18/2013 12:17 PM
NewsBoston Bruins coach Claude Julien says Zdeno Chara was cut over the eye in pregame warmups and not the back of the head as reported Monday night.
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ImpactChara needed stitches after colliding with teammate Milan Lucic during warmups and there was brief concern he'd suffered a head injury during the pregame skate. The cut clearly didn't bother the Bruins' top defenseman as Chara again led Boston in minutes and again shut down Hawks star Jonathan Toews. Chara and the Bruins will look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead Wednesday night.
Chara needed stitches after pregame collision | 06/17/2013 10:54 PM
NewsZdeno Chara needed stitches after colliding with teammate Milan Lucic in pregame warmups, according to multiple media outlets.
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ImpactChara ended up hitting the ice after losing his edge. The hulking defenseman slid into the back of Lucic's legs and it appeared Lucic's skate may have made contact with Chara's head. It didn't bother him enough to keep him off the ice. Chara picked up an assist and while playing a team-high 25:47 and again teamed with Dennis Seidenberg to shut down Jonathan Toews. The Bruins now lead the series 2-1.
Chara, Seidenberg likely to draw Toews' line | 06/12/2013 12:48 PM
NewsBoston's shutdown pair of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg is expected to play against Chicago's top line of Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa.
ImpactIf that happens then Patrice Bergeron's line will probably draw the assignment of lining up against Patrick Kane's line.
Chara controlled Malkin | 06/08/2013 9:24 AM
NewsZdeno Chara was on the ice for 89% of Evgeni Malkin's even-strength shifts in the Bruins' 4-0 sweep of the Penguins in the Eastern Conference final.
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ImpactNo wonder Malkin had a rough go of it. The Penguin star did not record a point and was minus five for the series. If there was any doubt, it is now put to rest: Chara is the NHL's best shutdown defenseman.
Zdeno Chara doesn't give Penguins an inch | 06/06/2013 10:08 AM
NewsZdeno Chara led all players in ice time in Game 3 with 42:05 and he finished with a plus-2 rating.
ImpactThat news probably won't come as much of a shock, as the workhorse defenseman is matched up frequently against the opposition's best players. Chara played mostly against Evgeni Malkin in Game 3, but he did see playing time versus Sidney Crosy as well. Pittsburgh's dynamic duo still don't have a point in the series, which is why the Penguins find themselves in a 3-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Bruins keep Chara, Seidenberg together | 06/01/2013 1:21 PM
NewsZdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg are projected to serve as Boston's top defensive pairing on Saturday.
CSN New England
ImpactThe Boston Bruins experimented with splitting them up during practices. The idea was that by splitting them up, at least one of them would always be facing one of the Penguins' top two lines. Given how strong the Pittsburgh Penguins' top-six forwards are, that strategy was certainly understandable. It wouldn't be surprising if they ended up separating Chara and Seidenberg later in the Eastern Conference finals.
Zdeno Chara leads league in playing time | 05/31/2013 9:18 AM
NewsZdeno Chara leads all active players with an average of 29:13 minutes per game.
ImpactThat's not likely to decline in the Eastern Conference finals. The Boston Bruins are tentatively planning to match him up against the line of Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, and James Neal, but he'll end up getting other assignments as well. Chara is one of the best defensemen in the league and the Bruins will continue to take full advantage of him.
Bruins may split Zdeno Chara and Seidenberg | 05/28/2013 6:40 AM
NewsZdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg may be split up against Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Finals.
ImpactThe Penguins represent plenty of concern in terms of line matching because they boast considerable depth and having to face Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin can be tough to handle. Coach Claude Julien wasn't ready to tip his hand. "We've got a few days here before we can even think about playing that first game. So, we'll see how that goes," said Julien, who gave his players a second straight day off from skating Monday. "Maybe it's pairing, maybe it's separating. But we'll have something in mind by the time this first game comes around."
Zdeno Chara tops active players in TOI | 05/23/2013 2:17 AM
NewsWhile Ryan Suter's 31:37 minutes per game easily tops all players in this postseason, Zdeno Chara is averaging the most ice time among active participants.
ImpactChara is logging 29:23 minutes per game, comfortably ahead of Drew Doughty (28:06) and Kris Letang (27:17). With that in mind, the towering Boston Bruins captain would likely welcome the "rust" that may come from a second-round sweep.
Chara logging ridiculous ice time | 05/18/2013 9:36 AM
NewsZdeno Chara has been logging a ridiculous amount of ice time in the Bruins' eight playoff games to date.
ImpactHe has averaged 30:02 minutes per game, tops in the NHL and a full two minutes more than second place Drew Doughty of the Kings. In Boston's last two games, both first-period overtime victories, Chara has been on the ice for an astounding 73:48. Needless to say, the 6'7" rearguard is running on all cylinders now.
Zdeno Chara remains red hot in Round 2 | 05/17/2013 8:09 AM
NewsZdeno Chara has been a handful at both ends of the ice during Boston's 2012 playoffs.
ImpactHe continued his remarkable two-way play in the Bruins' 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday. Chara racked up a game-high 38:02 of ice time, while dishing out nine shots, six hits and two points. The towering defender got his second goal of the postseason and he leads all defensemen in scoring with 10 points in eight games. The Bruins will continue to lean heavily on him even when their young blueliners, who are currently in the lineup, are replaced by the team's injured veterans.
Zdeno Chara a monster in Game 7 for Bruins | 05/14/2013 9:01 AM
NewsZdeno Chara was a monster in Game 7, logging 35:46 of ice time.
ImpactWith Seidenberg hurt, veterans Wade Redden and Andrew Ference out and two youngsters in the lineup, Chara and Johnny Boychuk (28:30) had to pick up the slack. "It was hard," said Chara. "We had a short bench right away. But that's when you have to be smart. Sometimes you do take longer shifts. Sometimes you take quick ones. But at that point, our thinking, I don't think was about thinking about the exhaustion. It was more about doing the right thing, the right play, being in the right position, and hopefully we scored before they do." Chara had a helper, a plus-two rating and three shots on goal in the win.
Zdeno Chara scores, but Bruins drop Game 5 | 05/10/2013 10:00 PM
NewsZdeno Chara scored the Bruins' lone goal in a 2-1 loss Friday night.
ImpactDavid Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg each registered an assist on Chara's goal. Chara also registered a team-high eight shots on goal, followed by Jaromir Jagr with seven. Johnny Boychuk had three blocked shots, giving him 21 in five games. Milan Lucic recorded a team-high seven hits for the Bruins.
Zdeno Chara grabs four helpers Wednesday | 05/09/2013 10:18 AM
NewsZdeno Chara contributed an assist on all four of Boston's goals in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win against Toronto.
ImpactThe towering defenseman had only one helper in the team's previous three playoff games versus the Maple Leafs. The game didn't begin well for Chara either after he was on the ice for Toronto's first two goals, but he finished strongly and ended up with an even plus-minus rating.
Chara and Seidenberg separated | 05/04/2013 10:25 AM
NewsBoston coach Claude Julien split up his top defensmen pairing during Friday's practise.
ImpactHe separated Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. Chara was skating alongside Adam McQuaid, while Seidenberg paired with Johnny Boychuk. Wade Redden and Dougie Hamilton were the third pair. We are not sure if this is how the Bruins will lineup for Saturday's contest but we don't believe it will matter much. The defense corps should have no trouble containing the Maple Leafs' offense no matter how it is configured.
Boston GM expects more from Zdeno Chara | 04/30/2013 8:24 AM
NewsBoston GM Peter Chiarelli expects to see a better Zdeno Chara when the playoffs begin.
ImpactChiarelli didn't sound satisfied with the play of the Bruins captain when he spoke to the media on Monday. "For Z, he's obviously a very valuable player, one of the best, if not the best, defensemen in the league. Obviously you want him to be firing on all cylinders. So like the rest of them, he's got to get his game back," Chiarelli said. "With Z, it's about a strong defensive game, nothing fancy, big shots, a lot of straight lines. He is, obviously, important to the team, and what he does a lot of guys follow. He's got a lot of experience and we expect him to get his game where it has to be." Chara finished the regular season with two assists and a minus-3 rating in his last eight games. He'll be tasked with shutting down Toronto's Phil Kessel in the opening round of the playoffs and he's done a good job of that in regular-season play since Kessel was traded to the Leafs.
Zdeno Chara should be fine for Tuesday | 04/23/2013 7:13 AM
NewsZdeno Chara didn't practice Monday after a collision he had against Florida on Sunday.
ImpactCoach Claude Julien said the Boston captain suffered no ill effects, so we expect him to play Tuesday night.
Chara scores but Bruins can't hold off Pens | 03/12/2013 10:24 PM
NewsZdeno Chara scored his fifth goal on a Boston power play Tuesday night in a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh.
ImpactChara and Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Penguins stormed back in the third with three unanswered markers to earn the victory. Chara has 11 points and a plus-11 rating in 24 contests.
Julien supports Chara for defending Seguin | 03/05/2013 8:35 AM
NewsCoach Claude Julien came to Zdeno Chara's defense for his actions in Sunday's loss to Montreal when he took 17 minutes penalties to defend teammate Tyler Seguin.
Impact"What Zdeno Chara did yesterday, I support 100 percent," said Julien Monday. "Besides that 17 minutes of penalties he got, what he did is going to go a long way for our hockey club. Especially for Tyler Seguin. Tyler's a good player. He needs to know everybody's got his back. Zdeno showed that yesterday. That will allow Tyler to become a better player. When you know people have your back, you can play at ease. That thing that Zdeno did is certainly going to help Tyler be comfortable." He added that the team was more responsible for their third-period collapse than it was about not having Chara for most of the frame.
Zdeno Chara penalties hurt Boston on Sunday | 03/04/2013 10:55 AM
NewsThe Bruins ended up paying for Zdeno Chara's attempt to stand up for teammate Tyler Seguin in Sunday's loss to Montreal.
ImpactBoston held a 3-2 lead late in the second period when Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin chopped at Seguin and sent him to the ice without a penalty. Chara went after Emelin as a result of the play and earned himself two for instigating, five for fighting, and a 10-minute misconduct. With Chara in the box, Montreal scored two goals before the midway point of the third to record a 4-3 victory.
Zdeno Chara gets his 3rd goal of 2013 | 02/25/2013 10:26 AM
NewsZdeno Chara scored his third goal of the season on Sunday.
ImpactChara pulled off an impressive spin-o-rama before beating goaltender Jacob Markstrom. That goal extended Chara's point streak to three games and gives him eight points in 15 contests.
Zdeno Chara has big game in win Monday | 01/28/2013 11:48 PM
NewsZdeno Chara had a goal and two assists in the Bruins' 5-3 win over the Hurricanes Monday night.
ImpactWith the three-point night, Chara now has five points in as many games in this shortened 48-game season. Dougie Hamilton registered his fourth assist of the season in the contest and should be owned in all formats if he's still available in your free agent pool.
Zdeno Chara scores the game-winner Friday | 01/25/2013 10:49 PM
NewsZdeno Chara netted the game-winning goal in Boston's 4-2 win against the New York Islanders.
ImpactShawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell, and Patrice Bergeron accounted for the Bruins' other three goals. Dougie Hamilton registered his second and third assists of the season.
Zdeno Chara hopes Euro trips helps Bruins | 01/10/2013 9:55 AM
NewsZdeno Chara arrived in Boston from the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
ImpactHe is hoping that Boston can get off to a strong start since they had so many player go overseas to play during the lockout. "We were one of the teams that had most guys involved and playing, 12 guys overseas and some others guys in the minors," Chara said. "That's a pretty good number, considering that some teams maybe didn't have half of that. If it's going to be an advantage or not, we'll see. Hopefully it is." The Bruins captain played in 25 games with Lev Praha of the KHL, where he posted 10 points, 24 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating while averaging 24:44 of ice time. He can contribute in several categories and should be high on everyone's draft board.
Report: Bruins to open up at home vs. Rangers | 01/09/2013 9:26 PM
NewsThe Bruins will open their season at home against the Rangers on Jan. 19.
The Boston Globe
ImpactThis according to The Boston Globe, which says the NHL informed the Bruins of their opener. It's expected be be a 7:00 p.m. EST start. Boston was 1-2-1 versus New York last year.
Lockout's end draws Zdeno Chara from KHL | 01/06/2013 3:36 PM
NewsGood news for the Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara's KHL team informed him of the CBA agreement, allowing him top avoid the risk of injuring himself in a Sunday game.
ImpactChara had a solid run with Prague Lev, although his numbers (four goals and six assists for 10 points in 25 games) aren't exactly eye-popping. He's one of many Bruins who stayed in game shape (or close to it) during the lockout.
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