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Bruins extend Chara - 1 year, $5 million

Discussion in 'Rick Middleton's Pron 'Stache: Bruins Forum' started by The Napkin, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. The Napkin

    The Napkin wise ass al kaprielian Dope SoSH Member

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    press release

    BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, ‪March 28, that the team has signed defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season worth $5 million, plus an additional $1.75 million in performance-based incentives.
     
  2. Smiling Joe Hesketh

    Smiling Joe Hesketh All Hail King Boron Dope

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    I'm happy about this. Z made a change in his diet and he seems spryer this year. Plus he's got the most amazing Instagram account.

    SJH: Pleased!
     
  3. Reardons Beard

    Reardons Beard Member SoSH Member

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    Huge. Love it, keep it goin Z!
     
  4. Boston Brawler

    Boston Brawler Member SoSH Member

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  5. Salem's Lot

    Salem's Lot Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog! SoSH Member

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    Good signing. I would've liked to see his $4 million cap hit stay the same but it's worth the extra million to keep him. He can still play and his presence in the room and mentoring to guys like McAvoy and any other young defenseman is extremely valuable.
     
  6. TheShynessClinic

    TheShynessClinic SoSH's Doug Neidermeyer SoSH Member

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    Great deal, great value.

    I wonder if this means Chara is considering retirement and this is his final deal.

    Furthermore - if it is his final deal, does Chucky Bright Lights or Bergeron get the C when he goes?
     
  7. cshea

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    Kudos to Chara and also the coaching staff. Chara’s changes to his diet and workout have kept him at the top of his game where he still can handle the other teams top lines on a nightly basis despite his age. I think the staff has also done a good job managing his usage. He hasn’t played significant power play minutes in years, and that has helped keep him fresh and enabled him to be a monster on the penalty kill.
     
  8. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Only $5 base? Awesome.
     
  9. Salem's Lot

    Salem's Lot Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog! SoSH Member

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    It would absolutely go to Bergeron when Chara hangs them up.
     
  10. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Unless the Jacobses get some kind of bonus from the NHL if Chucky breaks Stevie's lengthy record, this is a no-brainer.
     
  11. Eddie Jurak

    Eddie Jurak Go Leafs Go Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Excellent. The guy still brings it, and it is not in any way unusual for elite defensemen to have long and effective careers after their prime years. I’d have been willing to go longer than 1 year, though I am fine with the 1.
     
  12. TheoShmeo

    TheoShmeo Skrub's sympathy case Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Tom Brady gets a lot of attention for what he is accomplishing at age 40, and deservedly so, but meanwhile Zdeno plays a much more demanding sport, at least from a cardio perspective, and continues to play at an elite level at an even older age. Make no mistake, this is not a shot at Mr. Brady. Just a note that another elite older player in town is doing something pretty amazing of similar nature without nearly the fanfare. Football is more popular than hockey, Brady is a star who transcends his sport, I get it. Still, Zdeno deserves a lot of love.

    Another great move by Don Sweeney, too.
     
  13. Eddie Jurak

    Eddie Jurak Go Leafs Go Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I would guess that, no, Chara is not looking at retirement after next season. More likely he is doing them a Tom Brady type solid in not trying to maximize his salary or term in this deal.
     
  14. veritas

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    Alex Prewitt has a story about Chara coming out soon and he talked a little bit about it on the PDOcast podcast earlier this week. It's definitely worth checking out. He did mention Chara wants to play until he's 45 if he can
     
  15. Salem's Lot

    Salem's Lot Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog! SoSH Member

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    And it's the best thing for him to do if he wants to win. McAvoy needs to get paid after next season. Chara being willing to go year to year gives the team the flexibility to get young guys signed, and next March he can see where the team and his body is at and decide if he wants to sign for another year.
     
  16. TFP

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    Nothing to dislike about this. They'll need the cap space after next year, and can re-evaluate then. He's a legit top pairing defenseman still, especially since he's off the PP like cshea mentioned. Good work, Sweeney.
     
  17. RedOctober3829

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    Bergeron definitely.
     
  18. lexrageorge

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    Wasn't Chara was of Guerrero's clients at one point? I thought I heard someone mention that once on the radio (maybe Zolak?).

    Anyway, this is a solid move. Even if the 2018-19 Chara is less than this season's Chara, it's still worth the $$$.
     
  19. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Do we know what Z's wife thinks of this?
     
  20. RIFan

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    I've never heard of Chara associating with Guerrero. There are similarities in approach due to his plant based diet, but no sustained connection that I'm aware of. I also tend to think of Chara as much more a cerebral guy who does his own research won't go for some of the charlatan stuff that gets associated with AG.

    Love the move overall. The one thing I would not be opposed to is a transition of the C over to Bergeron. It's not a knock against Chara or his leadership, just a recognition that this is Bergy's team. A graceful way to do this is to share the C the way Bourque and Middleton did until Nifty retired. Chara gets the home C and Bergy gets it on away games.
     
  21. Maximus

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    Great news. Chara has done a great job mentoring Carlo and McAvoy and is still very good on the PK & 5 on 5.
     
  22. nayrbrey

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    Great deal for both sides. Love everything about Chara and his game. There was a cool post from Chara this morning on Instagram; a pic of him and Buyck, talking about loyalty and how it affects everything in life.
     
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  23. FelixMantilla

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    Press conference going on now.

    Of course you can't hear a single question asked. Thanks NESN!
     
  24. cshea

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    Nothing earth shattering in the press conference. The biggest news was probably on the injury front- McAvoy, Chara, DeBrusk and Backes skated and are “closer than farther” away.As far as the extension goes, Sweeney thinks Z probably would have gotten multiple years ifhe went to July 1.
     
  25. FelixMantilla

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    BTW The #NHLBruins would not have gotten Zdeno Chara at 2 years - $10 million. As a 35+contract he was eligible for bonuses on only a one year deal. 2 years would have cost more then $10 million
     
  26. TheStoryofYourRedRightAnkle

    TheStoryofYourRedRightAnkle Member SoSH Member

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    Good deal, great player, dorky outfit.
     
  27. Reardons Beard

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    As to Bergeron getting the C - everything I see, hear, and otherwise observe leads me to think Chara already treats him as the co-captain as does the front office and the rest of the team. Literally everything other than the actual C. It also wouldn't surprise me if Chara has made the offer and Bergeron politely declined making it crystal clear Z is The Man to Wear the C until he retires.

    Both guys are all world, and all class.
     
  28. Eddie Jurak

    Eddie Jurak Go Leafs Go Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Yes, no question Bergeron is next in line for the C.
     

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