No move? Zdeno Chara doesn’t think he’s done in Boston yet
Unless things change drastically over the summer, that scenario does not figure to exist in Boston, where Chara had to be The Guy on a weakened blue line in a lost season for the team. After Don Sweeney traded Dougie Hamilton for futures, the Bruins leaned on a declining Chara for 24:06 of ice time a night, which was up 45 seconds a game from the previous season. Chara tweaked his approach to enjoy a strong offensive campaign, but he couldn’t save the Bruins’ diminished defense by himself.
Now the Chara window is all but closed in Boston, as Sweeney would need to work miracles in order for former Norris winner to win a second championship here. With two years left on his contract — one with a cap hit of $6.91 million and the other with a $4 million cap hit because he’ll be over 40 — Chara’s most realistic ticket to another championship would be as a complementary piece on one of the league’s upper-echelon clubs.