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Islanders' Zdeno Chara: May have played final game
Chara scored a goal in the final minute of a 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday. It may have been his final game in the NHL.
The arena erupted when he scored from the point. Fans chanted his name through a timeout and to the end of the game. And when the horn went, he was mobbed by his teammates and every member of the Lightning skated over to shake his hand. "All that that says volumes about what he's accomplished as a human being in this game," said coach Barry Trotz in the postgame presser. "If he continues to play, which he can, we'll be better for it. And if he decides that he's going to spend time with his family, he's left the game in a great spot." Chara started his career on Long Island and has played in 1,680 games, delivering 209 goals, 471 assists and 680 points.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Returning Thursday
Chara (illness) will play against visiting Washington on Thursday.
Chara sat out Tuesday's game in Washington with the illness, but he's ready to return. Three of the 45-year-old's 13 points in 2021-22 have come in his last seven games played, and though it's unknown whether Chara will retire after this season, he isn't expected to return to the Islanders once free agency opens.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Unavailable Tuesday
Chara (illness) will not play Tuesday against Washington.
Chara has five points over 25 games since his last absence on March 10. The veteran defenseman could return Thursday for a rematch with the Capitals, but more information on his status should be available in the coming days. Robin Salo will take his place in Tuesday's lineup.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Receives award nomination
Chara was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Monday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The trophy represents perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication. Chara is about to complete his 24th season in the NHL, and although he hasn't made any announcements, these last three games could be his last as an NHL player. Chara has one goal, 13 points and a plus-6 rating in 70 games for the Islanders this season. His actual value, though, will be any knowledge he's passed along to the younger Islanders defenders. Chara is a future Hall of Famer.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Nets first goal of season
Chara scored a goal on two shots in Thursday's 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
The 45-year-old defenseman scored his first goal of the season (and his first for the Islanders in over two decades) with just over a minute remaining in the third period. Chara's days as a 20-30 point defenseman are long behind him, as the goal was his first point since March 26 and only his 11th in 64 games. Still, the 6-foot-9 veteran remains a solid defensive presence, averaging 18:39 per game with a plus-7 rating.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Still goalless
Chara has yet to score a goal in 60 games this season.
Chara does have 10 helpers with a rating of plus-10 in those 60 games, but he hasn't been able to wrinkle the twine. Chara has only scored 19 goals over his past five seasons, covering a span of 318 games.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Still without a goal this season
Chara has yet to score a goal in 59 games for the Islanders entering the game Tuesday versus the Stars.
Chara hasn't been a true goal-scoring threat in several years as he has only scored in double digits once in the past eight years. Overall, Chara has 10 helpers for the Islander, but more importantly, he does have a rating of plus-9 and has been given credit for helping to bring along Noah Dobson, the team's top defensive prospect.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Yet to find twine
Chara has nine assists and no goals in 49 games this season.
Chara has only scored 12 over the past four seasons, so it's not like he was expected to lead the Islanders' defense in goals, but the fact he hasn't scored once is a little surprising. The only question now is whether or not Chara will remain with the Islanders after Monday's trade deadline. Chara turned 45 on Friday, and though he likely wouldn't bring back a hefty return via trade, he could be valuable to a contender looking for a veteran presence on the bottom pairing.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Off IR
Chara (upper body) was activated off injured reserve Friday.
Chara has missed the last six games while dealing with an upper-body injury that he incurred in a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles on Feb. 26. The 44-year-old has averaged 17:22 of ice time and distributed six assists over his last 15 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Not quite ready
Chara (upper body) won't play Thursday versus Columbus, but coach Barry Trotz expects the 44-year-old blueliner to return to action Friday against the Jets, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Chara may have been able to play Thursday if the Islanders weren't in the front half of a back-to-back set, so he'll wait until Friday to rejoin the lineup to presumably avoid aggravating his upper-body injury. The towering blueliner has tallied eight assists through 45 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Could return Thursday
Chara (upper body) might be an option for Thursday's clash with Columbus, Stefen Rosner of NYI Hockey Now reports.
Chara missed the team's last five games due to his upper-body issue but appears poised to get back in action for the Isles' next matchup. The towering blueliner has yet to bend the twine this year while generating just eight assists in 45 appearances. As such, Chara figures to offer minimal fantasy value even once cleared to play.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Designated for IR
Chara (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, retroactive to Feb. 26.
Chara has missed the last three games while dealing with an upper-body injury. His retroactive designation allows him to return as soon as Monday's game against Colorado if Chara's healthy by then. The 44-year-old has averaged 18:15 of ice time and recorded eight points over 45 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Set to miss next two games
Chara (upper body) is expected to miss the next two contests, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Chara just set the mark for most games played among defensemen and will now be on the shelf for an additional two contests due to his upper-body issue. The towering blueliner is still looking for his first goal of the season and has managed just eight helpers in 45 appearances this year. As such, few fantasy players will be impacted by the veteran's absence.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Out Sunday
Chara (upper body) will not suit up Sunday against the Ducks.
Chara and Mathew Barzal will both miss Sunday's game after being injured against the Kings on Saturday. The veteran blueliner has just eight assists with 73 PIM through 45 games this season. With Chara out, Andy Greene will likely play Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Can't finish contest
Chara didn't play in the third period of Saturday's game versus the Kings due to an upper-body injury, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The 44-year-old had picked up three assists in his last five games before coming up empty Saturday in his two periods of action. If he can't play Sunday versus the Ducks, Andy Greene would likely rejoin the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Manages assist
Chara produced an assist, two shots on goal, four hits and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Kraken.
Chara set up Zach Parise for an empty-netter to seal the victory. With five helpers through nine games in February, Chara's been a little more productive than usual on offense. He's added 20 hits and 17 blocked shots in that span. For the year, the 44-year-old's up to eight assists, 88 hits, 68 PIM, 55 blocked shots and 52 shots on net in a bottom-four role.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Snags helper in win
Chara logged an assist and two PIM in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Canucks.
Chara helped out on a Casey Cizikas goal in the first period. This was Chara's third assist in his last six games, though he hasn't shown that kind of scoring pace for much of the season. The 44-year-old is up to five helpers, 66 PIM, 72 hits, 45 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in 37 contests. With limited offense and the likelihood of occasional healthy scratches for rest down the stretch, Chara is not a reliable option in most fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Won't attend All-Star weekend
Chara was invited by the NHL to All-Star weekend but has declined the invitation, Jeff Marek of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Chara was probably invited so that he could participate in the hardest shot competition. While it would be great to see how hard Chara can still shoot the puck, he is thinking about the Islanders and their playoff push with this decision. Chara is well aware that the Isles will pretty much be playing every other day once play resumes after the All-Star break and will take the four days off rather than travel to the game.... See More ... See Less
Islanders' Zdeno Chara: Still has trust
Chara still has the confidence of coach Barry Trotz that he will be able to hold up physically over this condensed season, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Trotz mentioned that Chara is in incredible shape, but one must believe that Trotz knows he will have to give Andy Greene and Chara regular rest. Starting Friday, the Islanders play 50 games in 99 days, and it's highly unlikely that Greene and Chara will be up to the task of playing every day. Look for Robin Salo and possibly Sebastian Aho to play part-time roles even when Ryan Pulock (lower body) returns to the lineup.... See More ... See Less
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