BOSTON — After the Bruins’ morning skate in preparation for their preseason game with Florida at TD Garden, Bruins players addressed the situation with center Marc Savard. The veteran explained to the media that he’s still a “ways away” from returning due to his post-concussion syndrome symptoms.
BOSTON — Zdeno Chara scored of his team’s three goals in the Black team’s win over White in the Bruins’ scrimmage at TD Garden today.
Here’s some postgame reaction from Boston’s captain:
BOSTON — Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was part of the first group of players that took the ice at TD Garden today on the first day of on-ice training camp.
Here’s what he had to say about the start of the new season.
The finishing touches are almost done on his dream house near the mountains of Slovakia.
But completion of Zdeno Chara’s homeland home will have to wait now that he’s getting back to pursuing his other dream: a Stanley Cup.
Your responses to my request for mailbag questions, again, overwhelmed me. As I started to write the answer to the first question in my mailbox, I realized I exceeded 700 words and wasn’t done. So without writing a Bill Simmons-like manifesto, here’s the answer to that first question:
Scott Comeau wrote:
What do you expect Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron will each get in terms of money and length of contract? I realize this is a tough question, however please give me an educated guess.
We all know that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara played almost the entire 2009-10 season with an ugly dislocated pinky finger . After it hindered him for a while, he seemed to get used to it and was his old self for most of the second two thirds of the campaign.
Now it looks like he’s really going to have to get used to it.
Whether he’s going to fine-tune the team he has assembled or perform a major shake-up with a trade of Marc Savard or another star center in an effort to make sure 2010-11 erases the nightmares of the spring of ’10, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has to at least be casting one eye beyond the upcoming season.
In what might be one of the more under-reported stories surrounding the Bruins, captain and superstar defenseman Zdeno Chara is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent one year from Thursday. July 1, 2010 is also the first day the Bruins, under the guidelines of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, can negotiate a contract extension for their cornerstone player.
When things go south for a team that’s expected to be a Stanley Cup contender, three people receive most of the heat: the head coach, the goalie and the captain.
Zdeno Chara bore his brunt of criticism when the Bruins were floundering in the middle of the winter and in mid-March. So he should be rewarded with a lot of credit for his Norris Trophy-worthy play down the stretch run into the playoffs and then the first-round upset of Buffalo. Of course, then he’s as much to blame for the Bruins’ historic collapse as anyone. (more…)
BOSTON — Obviously the entire Bruins organization breathed a collective sigh of relief when the NHL announced it would rescind the instigator penalty against defenseman Zdeno Chara, and the coinciding suspension for Monday’s Game 6.
But no one exhaled harder that Chara, who will now get to try to help his team finish off Buffalo in the sixth game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
“I think the league did a great job recognizing the whole situation,” said Chara after practice at TD Garden today. “Obviously, I wasn’t initiating, I was just responding.”
Following up on the instigator penalty Zdeno Chara received at the end of tonight’s Game 5 Bruins loss, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on his Twitter feed that the league informed Boston and Buffalo that the automatic suspension has been rescinded. Chara retaliated against a Paul Gaustad slash to the back of his leg.
So Chara will play Monday night in Game 6 at TD Garden.
Here’s a look at the slash, Chara’s reaction and the melee:
With less than a second remaining in the Bruins’ 4-1 Game 5 loss at Buffalo in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight, defenseman Zdeno Chara was issued an instigator penalty after he retaliated to a slash to the back of his leg after the Sabres cleared the puck out of their own end.
This could mean a one-game suspension for Chara, although it could be rescinded. (more…)
BOSTON — It’s just laughable how every time the Bruins slump there’s so much criticism directed toward what type or leader Zdeno Chara is.
As if any of us know exactly what goes on behind the closed doors of the Bruins’ dressing room or know what might be afflicting the captain at any given time. Earlier this season we learned that Chara was playing with a dislocated finger that’s going to require offseason surgery. Tonight against Buffalo he added a broken nose, which required him to wear a full cage, to his list of hindrances. (more…)
The Bruins already knew they’d be facing Toronto without Marc Savard against the Leafs tonight. Then came the even worse news, as they found out that defenseman Zdeno Chara wouldn’t be available because of an undisclosed injury. (more…)
WILMINGTON, Mass. — There’s no need to panic just because Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara did not practice today at Ristuccia Arena.
Head coach Claude Julien assured the media that Chara, along with forward Steve Begin, was just taking a maintenance day and that the captain will be available to play in preseason games this weekend. (more…)
This is the first in a series of catch-up stories with members of the Boston Bruins as they make their way back to the Boston area for informal, pre-training camp captains’ practices.
Last year was a bit of a transition for Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, as he not only had to contend with being the most vital piece of a team that won the Eastern Conference but also had to adapt to being a father when his first daughter was born in the midst of the Bruins’ postseason run. (more…)