WILMINGTON, Mass. — I got to Ristuccia Arena half an hour before practice and Zdeno Chara going through a pre-practice workout on the ice with assistant coach Doug Houda. There are two traffic cones and a wooden board between the blue line and the goal and Chara is trying to shoot between and over them, while also working on one-timers and passes off the wall.
There’s no complacency in the captain this morning. Oh, and Mark Stuart joined Chara with about 15 minutes until practice. UPDATE: It is now 30 minutes after practice ended (12:25 p.m.) and Chara is still on the ice, this time working with Matt Hunwick. So Chara has been on the ice at least 2 1/2 hours (he was on when I got here). He has shown no signs of leaving the ice.