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July 28, 2020 11:24 AM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Expected back Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Bruce Cassidy expects Chara (not injury related) to return to practice Tuesday, Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reports.

Chara's results from his COVID-19 test weren't returned in time for him to participate in Monday's on-ice session, but it looks like he's officially been cleared. The 43-year-old blueliner is expected to skate on Boston's top pairing once round robin play gets underway.

July 28, 2020 04:44 AM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Held out of practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara was kept out of Monday's practice session after his COVID-19 test wasn't returned in time.

Unless Chara's test comes back with a positive result, this is likely just the league being extra cautious within the hub cities. If the towering blueliner does miss any game action, it will likely fall to Matt Grzelcyk or Jeremy Lauzon to jump into the lineup.

February 17, 2020 12:24 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Still logging big minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara finished plus-2 across 22:34 in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Rangers.

Age isn't slowing down Chara, as the 42-year-old blueliner has averaged 21:05 per game since the All-Star break. He doesn't contribute much offensively and hasn't posted a point in 25 straight games, and he has limited fantasy value with 27 shots and 30 blocked shots in that stretch. However, he's a respected veteran and is used in a heavily defensive role, starting 63.3 percent of his shifts in the defensive zone.

January 10, 2020 12:52 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Slated to play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara (jaw) is expected to be back in the lineup against the Islanders on Saturday, Conor Ryan of reports.

Chara got into a scrap with Nashville's Yakov Trenin on Tuesday and took a punch to his surgically repaired jaw, which led to him missing Thursday's matchup with Winnipeg. After some extra time off, the towering blueliner appears set to return to action Saturday.

January 9, 2020 10:04 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Status uncertain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Bruce Cassidy said following Thursday's win over Winnipeg that he's not sure about Chara's (undisclosed) status for Saturday's game against the Islanders, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.

Chara is reportedly dealing with serious pain stemming from his recent jaw surgery, and per Cassidy, he and general manager Don Sweeney had to talk Chara out of playing Thursday. Expect the team to be cautious with the veteran ahead of the team's upcoming three-game road trip. If Chara continues to miss time, Steve Kampfer is expected to stay with the big club and draw into the lineup.

January 9, 2020 06:40 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Sitting out Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara is not on the ice for warmups ahead of Thursday's game against the Jets, Conor Ryan of reports.

Chara recently underwent jaw surgery that has caused some issues recently and could be the cause of his absence. With Torey Krug (illness) available, it appears Chara will be given a night off, with Steve Kampfer set to draw back in for him.

January 8, 2020 05:00 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Lengthy offensive drought
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara didn't record a point but notched seven PIM in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Predators.

Chara's pointless streak has reached 10 games, and he failed to direct a shot on net in four of those outings despite averaging 21:10 of ice time in that stretch. The 42-year-old Chara dropped the gloves for the third time this season, though, as he faced off against Yakov Trenin, who is 20 years younger and seven inches shorter.

December 27, 2019 09:40 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Good to go Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara (jaw), as expected, will be in the lineup versus the Sabres on Friday, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.

Chara missed just one game after having the hardware in his jaw replaced. The blueliner remains bogged down in a 12-game goalless streak and has added just one assist over that stretch. Even with his recent slump, the veteran could still reach the 30-point mark for the first time since 2015-16 after racking up 13 points in 37 contests to start the year.

December 23, 2019 10:56 AM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Sitting out Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara (jaw) will miss Monday's game against the Capitals, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.

Chara will sit out the game due to a previously scheduled jaw surgery, stemming from his broken jaw he suffered in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. In his absence, John Moore (illness) or a call-up from AHL Providence will likely enter the lineup. Chara is expected back for Friday's game against the Sabres per Joe McDonald of The Athletic.

December 12, 2019 03:00 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Drops gloves in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara ended Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Capitals with one hit, three blocks and a fighting major.

Chara dropped the gloves with Tom Wilson halfway through the first period for his first fight of the season. Last season, the big man had three fights, but they all came after the New Year. Chara has five goals, 12 points and 46 shots in 32 games.

November 28, 2019 01:28 AM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Tallies second game-winner
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara scored the game-winning goal and posted a plus-2 rating in a 2-1 victory against the Senators on Wednesday.

With the marker, Chara already has five goals, matching what he did all of 2018-19. This was also his second game-winning score of this season, which also matches last season's total. Chara has five goals, 12 points, a plus-17 rating and 22 PIM in 25 games this season.

November 27, 2019 02:32 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Assists in three straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara recorded a helper in Tuesday's 8-1 blowout win over the Canadiens.

That makes three-straight games with an assist for Chara, the second time in the month of November that he picked up a point in three straight. With 11 points in 24 games, Chara is on pace for his best offensive output in six seasons.

November 22, 2019 11:04 AM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Earns helper in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara picked up an assist in a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Thursday.

His fifth assist of the season came after Brad Marchand tipped in his shot from the point to open the scoring for Boston. With nine points already this year, the big man is producing at his best pace since the 2014-15 campaign in which he ended with 37 points.

November 11, 2019 11:36 AM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Serves up assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara recorded an assist, three shots on goal and three hits in Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Flyers.

Chara's fourth helper of the year began a sequence that ended with Danton Heinen lighting the lamp to get the Bruins on the board in the third period. The 42-year-old defenseman has registered six points, 20 hits, 29 blocked shots and 14 PIM in 17 games this season. Amazingly, he's still averaging over 21 minutes a game while skating on the top pairing.

October 27, 2019 11:28 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Two-point night in Boston eruption
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara had a goal and an assist and tied for the team lead with six shots in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Rangers. He also led all players with a plus-6 rating.

Chara scored in the opening minute of the third period to put the Bruins ahead 5-1, but that goal proved to be the game-winner after the Rangers scored three of their own in the final frame. The goal was Chara's first in seven games and it was his first two-point outing of the season. The 42-year-old obviously isn't the point-producer he was in his heyday, but he can still be a useful contributor across the board when you're in a pinch.

October 11, 2019 01:36 AM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Tallies in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara scored his first goal of the year and added four blocked shots and two hits in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche.

The goal counts as Chara's first point of the year. He's also produced nine blocks and eight shots on goal through four games. He's not a difference-maker offensively in the twilight of his career, but he hasn't recorded a negative plus-minus rating since going minus-21 in 2006-07. The big defenseman should finish between 15 and 20 points if he can manage to play a full season.

October 9, 2019 01:40 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Leads defense in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara led all skaters with 25:33 in ice time in a 4-3 win over the Golden Knights on Tuesday.

It is Chara's highest regular-season ice time since last Oct. 30, when he skated 27:52 in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes. Despite being 42 years old, Chara is still averaging 21:39 per game.

September 23, 2019 02:08 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Will be ready for Opening Night
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara (elbow) will play in Monday's preseason game versus the Flyers.

It was unclear if Chara would be ready for Opening Night versus the Stars on Oct. 3, but his status for this exhibition contest defeats those concerns. The 42-year-old blueliner will be ready for the season opener, and he's expected to continue manning the Bruins' top defensive pairing with Charlie McAvoy. Chara's fantasy aptitude has taken a hit with age -- he posted 22 points last year -- but his leadership and defensive game keep the team stable.

September 6, 2019 12:40 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: May not be ready for Opening Night
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara (elbow) isn't sure if he'll be ready for the Bruins' Oct. 3 regular-season opener against the Stars, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.

When asked about his availability for Opening Night, Chara told Porter "I think I should be, but it's a process of making sure there are no setbacks or any discomfort." Chara underwent multiple surgeries following Boston's lengthy postseason run, so it's not exactly surprising to see that he's still ailing at this point in the offseason. The 42-year-old vet will likely be limited throughout the Bruins' training camp and preseason schedule, but it sounds like he shouldn't miss much, if any, regular-season action.

June 17, 2019 01:12 PM
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Set to undergo elbow procedure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chara will have a procedure on his elbow to clean up loose fragments, per GM Don Sweeney.

Add an elbow issue to the assortment of aches and pains Chara now has the offseason to recover from. It was previously confirmed that the big blueliner played through multiple fractures in his jaw during the Stanley Cup Finals. Monday's announcement of Chara's upcoming elbow procedure was not accompanied by a recovery timetable, but we suspect that he should be at or close to full health by the time training camp rolls around. At 42 years of age, Chara -- who logged five goals and 14 points in 62 games this past season -- has lost a step and rarely sees power-play duty. As a result, he's no longer the fantasy factor that he was during his prime, but the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder maintains top-shelf shutdown ability and his leadership is a key element to the Bruins' team chemistry, which from all accounts was outstanding this past season.

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Trencin, Czechoslovakia
Boston Bruins

NHL Experience:

2008-09: Norris-Best Defenseman
2010-11: Plus/Minus Leader