Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/01/10 at 11:38 AM ET
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Chara is ideally looking for something that would allow him to play until the age of 45, but that would mean an 11-year deal for the Slovakian defenseman. A lengthy contract like that is not exactly an easy sell to the NHL after an arbitrator roundly rejected the Ilya Kovalchuk contract – a deal based on the assumption that NHL players can continue skating in the NHL well north of their 40th birthday.
Whether a new contract would take Chara through that length or would simply be another deal similar to the five-year contract he originally signed with Boston, the B’s defenseman said there a few more days before his season-opening deadline comes into play.
“We’re not on the exact same track,” said Chara of contract talks. “But we’re talking and we’ll see how it goes. Obviously I don’t want to have it bother me during the season, so we have a few days left.”
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