Whereas Zdeno Chara is becoming a member of the Washington Capitals, he in a means isn’t going wherever.
After 14 years carrying the Spoked B with a “C” simply above it, Chara is off to hitch the Caps for the 2021 season, ending his magnificent run with Boston.
It’ll be a change of tempo for all events concerned, however Chara will name Boston house for a very long time. On Thursday he mentioned he’s not relocating his household, and that he plans to have Boston stay part of his life though his time with the Bruins is finished.
“Effectively in fact, I need to thank all of the followers,” Chara mentioned over Zoom in his introductory press convention. “They confirmed a lot ardour over the course of years and a lot help. I’ll all the time be very proud to name Boston my house, I’m not planning to relocate myself or my household for this matter. We made so many pals and we related with so many households and communities and there are recollections that I’ll cherish for the remainder of my life.
“It was a really, very exhausting and tough determination for me and my household, however on the identical time I’m excited to begin a brand new chapter with the Washington Capitals. However I can’t thank sufficient the Bruins for the help and the way they embraced me in Boston for the previous 14 years. It’s been tremendously appreciated and due to all of them.”
Listed here are some extra notes from Chara and Don Sweeney’s Thursday press convention:
— Understandably, many individuals within the wake of the Chara information had been questioning why the 2 sides couldn’t get a deal finished.
It’s obvious that cash was not the difficulty. It was function.
Sweeney made it abundantly clear that Chara acquired a contract supply from the Bruins, however that they envisioned an “built-in function” for him.
Chara acknowledged a number of occasions that he appreciated the candor and good religion with which the Bruins negotiated. However, candidly, they needed to provide youthful gamers a shot, and Chara finally felt he could be taking over a “reserve” function if he stayed with the Bruins. Consequently, he felt taking the “built-in function” didn’t supply him the most effective alternative.
— For the primary time since 2006, the Bruins have to find out who they need to be captain — in the event that they even need one.
OK, everyone knows they’re going to have one and it’s going to be Patrice Bergeron.
That clearly is the best name, however Sweeney indicated that whereas there will likely be a captain named, they had been going to let the Chara information “breathe” slightly bit earlier than making the selection — even when it’s an apparent one.
As for Chara, he issued a ringing endorsement of Bergeron as the subsequent captain for the B’s.
— There’s a variety of ice time the Bruins must fill now.
Final season, Chara averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per sport, usually beginning his shifts within the defensive zone whereas additionally logging a bunch of time on the penalty kill.
With Chara gone, the Bruins are about to enter a youth motion within the again finish, and as an alternative of 1 participant shouldering Chara’s load, it seems the plan will likely be dispersing his duties “by committee.”
— As for the defensive pairings 5-on-5, the one roles that appear roughly set in stone are Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie McAvoy on the highest pairing, with Brandon Carlo on the best facet of the second duo.
Past that, it’s mainly John Moore, Kevan Miller, Connor Clifton, Urho Vaakanainen, Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril vying for 3 vacancies.
Whereas there’s a variety of uncertainty in that plan, it additionally lends itself to some creativity. We checked out a number of the pairing choices earlier Thursday.
— A ultimate, non-Chara associated be aware.
The Bruins may have Brad Marchand prepared in time for the beginning of the season. Sweeney mentioned the winger has been skating frequently and will be a part of the principle group for the start of coaching camp. A mid-January timetable for return had been estimated for the top-line winger, who underwent a sports activities hernia process in September.
As for David Pastrnak, he too is enhancing however will not be fairly on the level but the place the workforce will likely be evaluating him on a week-to-week foundation. He’s recovering from a September surgical procedure on his proper hip, along with his timetable estimated at mid-February.