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Zdeno Chara Heads To Washington

Chara confirms below.

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from the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year, $795,000 contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We are extremely pleased to have Zdeno join the Capitals organization,” said MacLellan. “We feel his experience and leadership will strengthen our blueline and our team.”

Chara, 43, recorded 14 points (5g, 9a) in 68 games with the Boston Bruins last season. The Trencin, Slovakia, native registered 3:11 of penalty kill time per game to rank 11th in the NHL and help the Bruins to the third best penalty kill percentage last season (84.3). Chara also finished second among Bruins defensemen in blocked shots (101).

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/30/20 at 04:01 PM ET

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This is a big surprise. One has to wonder why this happened.

Posted by evileye on 12/30/20 at 04:07 PM ET

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It’d be easy to assume this has something to do with the Boston ownership, so I’m going to go ahead and assume that because why not.

Suck it, Jeremy Jacobs.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/30/20 at 04:17 PM ET

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Never saw that coming….. Hmmmmm…...

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/30/20 at 05:13 PM ET

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Big Z will flourish in the Patrick Division

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 12/30/20 at 09:01 PM ET

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+19 Tre

Posted by Ventr on 12/30/20 at 10:37 PM ET

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Suck it, Jeremy Jacobs.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/30/20 at 04:17 PM ET

While I agree with the sediment, not even Jacobs blows out an effective player at league minimum.  There’s a season he’s not back, and that’s because Chara was a liability for Boston in the post season, he was a slow lumbering tree that was easily dumped in on and beat, he needed to be protected. 

The real question is what Washington is thinking?

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 12/30/20 at 11:04 PM ET

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Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0’s pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 12/30/20 at 11:04 PM ET

Kind of where I landed as well. Makes me happy to see the Boston fanbase up in arms after blowing out Krug and Chara over the last couple months, but woof Washington. Dude is a big old giraffe. Nobody is going to question his heart or compete, but expect to see him a step behind/out of place most of the year.

Posted by MZ2215 on 12/31/20 at 07:18 AM ET

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He’s a big, slow liability, but he’s also signed for basically the league minimum. So if he is mostly a presense in practice and a 7th D in games, or even riding the press box most games, he won’t play all of however many games there’ll be. Not a BAD move by the Caps, but I have a harder time picturing why a future HoF guy would sign for that low a salary.

I also hope he gave Jacobs a big FU on his way out of town.

Posted by Steeb on 12/31/20 at 12:00 PM ET

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The best part is how many times Washington
and Boston are going to meet in a short season.

If there is anyone on the Bruins Chara actually can’t
stand he will have his chances.

Seems like for a guy at Chara’s stage pride and going out
on your own terms probably count for a lot. Maybe Boston would have
signed him with the explicit idea of playing a limited role.
Maybe Washington was more open. Something must have offended him enough to take under $800,000 official salary to sign elsewhere. Maybe it was sort of an “unvitation” to re-sign with the message between the lines that they weren’t too excited about him returning.

Posted by lefty.30 on 12/31/20 at 12:32 PM ET

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The real question is what Washington is thinking?

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0’s pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 12/30/20 at 11:04 PM ET

Where Does Zdeno Chara Fit in with Washington

1) Ovie doesn’t have to fight anymore. Remember when Chara laughed in Brendan Smith’s face and Smith’s punches didn’t even reach his face.

2) It’s like having Kronwall on the ice…better keep your head up and opponents know it.

3)...basically reducing his 20 mins/gm that Boston tried to play him at last year—which probably lead to him being exposed more often then he should have been. And thereby opening up Tom Wilson’s and Alex Ovechkin’s shooting lanes by having to respect a blast from the point. Letting him play the PK and chop the heads off anyone in front of the net.

I think with the Caps depth (they also signed Justin Schultz and already have Carlson, Dimitry Orlov, and ex-Wing Jensen plus Trevor van Riemsdyk as RHD) so they have speed on the other side of the pairing—so it can work.

All that said—-he’s going to be used as a 3rd pairing guy that will be given days off. It’s not like they’re signing him to be a 1st pair guy still.

Posted by d ca on 12/31/20 at 02:36 PM ET

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Caps still need a veteran keeper.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/31/20 at 03:15 PM ET

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SYF, Craig Anderson on a PTO with them.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/31/20 at 03:16 PM ET

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