Zdeno Chara RUMORS & NEWS

  • Chara won't rule out surgery on injured knee

    CSN New England "Zdeno Chara had missed only 20 games in his first eight years with the Bruins, so he's not very used to being idle. Thus it was no surprise that the 6-foot-9 defenseman was out in the TD Garden hallway Tuesday with a bulky brace on his knee, stickhandling a puck. He was ignoring the obvious..." November 05

  • Chara: Still no timetable for return from injury

    ESPN Boston "In his first comments since tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee nearly two weeks ago, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said he did not have a timetable for returning to the ice and was focused only on getting back as soon as possible. At the time of the injury, the team..." November 04

  • Bruins' Chara: Senators, city can help each other in healing process

    Ottawa Sun "The tweet appeared around noon Wednesday, some two hours after Ottawa had been rocked and shocked by the shootings that have left this entire country numb. It was short and to the point. And it spoke volumes. "@BostonBruins Our thoughts are with the city of Ottawa and those affected by..." October 24

  • Chara suffers undisclosed injury, won’t return on Thursday

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s unclear what is bothering Zdeno Chara, but it’s bad enough to end his Thursday night early. The Boston Bruins announced that he won’t return to tonight’s game against the New York Islanders, yet they didn’t even indicate which half of his body has been damaged. The precise moment of injury..." October 23

  • Chara, Keith, Weber voted Norris finalists

    NHL.com "Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2013-14 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the..." April 28

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    Ken Wiebe @WiebeSunSports

    Looks like #Bruins will be without C Patrice Bergeron and D Zdeno Chara this evening vs #NHLJets

  • Chara ‘disappointed’ after possibly final Olympic appearance

    CSN New England "Zdeno Chara — Slovakia’s flag bearer at the opening ceremonies — is leaving the Games on a sour note. Slovakia was eliminated on Tuesday with a 5-3 loss to the Czechs, ending Chara’s shot at a medal in what might be his last Winter Olympics. “You never know. We’ll see how it’s going to play..." February 19

  • B's young defensemen on display in Chara's absence

    CSN New England "Johnny Boychuk walked through the Bruins dressing room on Wednesday afternoon asking teammates and media to “get me my cane” as he stalked off from a post-practice shower. It wasn’t in reference to any general body soreness or pain after throwing his weight around against the Canucks on Tuesday..." February 06

  • Eakins: Bruins’ Chara promised he’d help Marincin

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2014 Winter Olympics can be a lot of different things to different players. For Edmonton Oilers defenseman Martin Marincin, it’s a golden opportunity to learn from one of the game’s elite. Marincin, 21, has only played in 19 NHL contests, but he’ll be making the trip to Sochi and playing..." February 03

  • Chara will miss Bruins’ last two games before break

    Pro Hockey Talk "After some earlier speculation, the Boston Bruins have confirmed that captain Zdeno Chara will miss two games so that he can attend the 2014 Winter Olympics’ opening ceremonies. He will carry the flag for Slovakia. This will be a great experience for Chara, but it will also put the Bruins in a..." February 01

  • Zdeno Chara to be Slovakian flagbearer, will miss time with Bruins

    CBSSports.com "The NHL is taking a two-week hiatus for the Olympics with the idea being that no player would have to miss any NHL games to take part in the festivities in Sochi. What that didn't account for was Zdeno Chara being chosen as the flagbearer for his native Slovakia. On Thursday Bruins coach Claude..." January 16

  • Chara to lead Slovakia's roster into Sochi

    TSN.ca "Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara will captain Slovakia at the Sochi Games next month, hoping to improve on fourth place at the Vancouver Olympics. Other major Slovak stars, including Chicago Blackhawks forwards Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak..." January 07

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    Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

    Zee just said he's playing tonight ^CS

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    Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

    Zdeno Chara not on the ice for warmups, he will not play tonight due to injury and is day to day ^BB

  • Chara's Gordie Howe hat trick sparks Bruins

    CSN New England "In times of trouble and turbulence during a winding 82-game regular season, it’s up to the leaders on a hockey team to respond during the low moments. They don’t get much lower than Wednesday’s season-worst 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, so it was imperative that B’s captain Zdeno Chara step..." November 30

  • Chara: I hate being in minus column

    CSN New England "In case anybody was wondering, Zdeno Chara detests the idea that he’s a minus player one month into the season. The debate can go on until the cows come home about the reasons why he's a minus player, and the overall merits of the plus/minus stat, but the Bruins captain is a minus-1 for the..." November 07

  • Bruins ‘experimenting’ with Chara in front of the net on power play

    Pro Hockey Talk "He’s big. Huge actually. So it would seem to make sense that Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara would be placed in front of the opposition’s net during the power play. At 6’9″ and 255 pounds he not only provides a massive screen for opposing goalies but would prove difficult – perhaps impossible..." September 15

  • Chara took pictures with the Stanley Cup, Blackhawk who defeated him

    Yahoo! Sports "Marian Hossa’s day with the Stanley Cup finally arrived which means a massive party back home in Slovakia and eating copious amounts of pierogies out of where Kris Draper’s baby pooped the bowl of the Cup. Oh and look who decided to drop by to take a photo with the Stanley Cup? A big giant..." August 13

  • Zdeno Chara suffers a beatdown

    Boston Herald "Zdeno Chara sat at his double-wide locker, a double-wide man beaten down by some doubly bad plays, doubly bad luck and, it would not be surprising to learn later, some doubly bad injuries. Z-man is often the man, and always the X factor, for the Bruins, a smothering defender who when attacked, as..." June 25

  • Chara Making Hall of Fame Case With Performance in Stanley Cup Final

    NESN "Zdeno Chara has always been an elite NHL defenseman, but his performance in the 2013 playoffs has spurred the question of whether he’s among the best defensemen in NHL history. The best are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Chara — at least in these playoffs — has made quite the case...." June 21

  • Bruins massive Chara focus of Blackhawks

    Miami Herald "Jonathan Toews and Zdeno Chara were pushing one another for position in front of the net as the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook scored the winning goal in overtime Wednesday. As the Hawks escaped TD Garden with a 6-5 victory and a 2-2 tie in the Stanley Cup Final, Toews added a verbal shove, captain..." June 21

  • Pregame collision doesn’t slow down Zdeno Chara

    Boston Herald "Usually the Bruins count on Zdeno Chara to play with physicality and shut down the opponent’s best scorers. Sometimes that even involves sending a player or two sprawling to the ice over the course of a game. Prior to their 2-0 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last night at TD Garden,..." June 18

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    ProSportsDaily @PSDnews

    #Bruins Chara and Lucic collided during pre-game warmup a few minutes ago. Chara has left the ice. He will, most likely, play.

  • Penguins must think big against Boston defenseman Chara

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Time and space are a gifted playmaker's best friend. Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara wants to take those two things away from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin -- two players he called the best in the NHL -- when the Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final begins tonight. "They are..." June 01

  • Chara admits this week "not a bad time" to rest

    CSN New England "Much of the focus about the week-long break for the Boston Bruins was on getting the banged up players healthy, but there is one player that a brief respite probably helped more than anybody else. Zdeno Chara topped 30 minutes of ice time twice in the five game series against the New York..." June 01

  • Bruins' Chara adding offense to shutdown defense

    NHL.com "The man widely known as the most dominant defensive defenseman in the NHL might not have put up the gaudy offensive numbers in the regular season that capture the attention of Norris Trophy voters. However, entering the Eastern Conference Final, which begins Saturday against the Pittsburgh..." May 31

  • Nobody bigger than Zdeno Chara

    Boston Herald "The play from Zdeno Chara was simple, but the repercussions were huge. In overtime, Derick Brassard raced down the ice on the 3-on-2 and immediately looked to get the puck to Rick Nash. But as soon as the puck left his stick, Chara — using his entire 6-foot-9 frame — reached down and poked it..." May 17

  • Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara OK after collision in third period Sunday against Panthers

    Boston Globe "With 5:15 to go in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Panthers in a matinee at the Garden, the Bruins’ playoff hopes were seemingly doubled over in front of the Florida bench. Boston captain Zdeno Chara was down, and remained down for quite a while, before straightening up under his own power and making..." April 22

  • Leafs' Kessel has giant shadow in Chara

    Toronto Sun "Come Thursday night when the Maple Leafs roll into Boston, you can bet gleeful Bruins fans will break into familiar chants of “Thank You Kessel,” Beantown’s unofficial No. 1 hit. With the Bruins having used two of the three draft picks from the Phil Kessel trade to select stud forward Tyler..." March 07

  • Claude Julien, Bruins Have No Problems With Zdeno Chara’s Costly Decision to Fight

    NESN "The Bruins lost their most important defenseman for almost an entire period on Sunday night against the Canadiens. And while his absence stemmed directly from a decision to retaliate against the opposition by fighting, the Bruins had no problems with their captain’s decision. Even if it might have..." March 04

  • Did Chara do the right thing by fighting Emelin?

    CSN New England "In the closing minutes of the second period, Tyler Seguin took an uncalled cheap shot from Canadiens forward Alexei Emelin. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took exception to the hit and charged after Emelin, earning himself 17 minutes of penalty minutes. What happened in those 17 minutes? The..." March 04

  • Chara's actions lose the battle, but win the war

    CSN New England "They weren’t the same exact situations, of course. More than a month ago John Scott and the Buffalo Sabres ran roughshod over the Bruins in what might come to be known as Buffalo’s only shining moment of the season. Scott concussed Shawn Thornton with a few strong rights to the head in the..." March 04

  • Zdeno Chara picks noble fight

    Boston Herald "Losing Zdeno Chara for 17-plus minutes of The Biggest Game of the Year, Part 1, wasn’t exactly mentioned in the Bruins’ game plan. Then again, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do, and then you live with the consequences. And Chara’s admirable — if costly — move sent a very loud and..." March 04

  • Chara's timely goal a thing of beauty for Bruins

    CSN New England "The intimidating, meaner-than-a-junkyard-dog Bruins defenseman looked thoroughly sheepish when asked if it was the prettiest goal he’s ever scored in his career. The “it” was a 360 spin-o-rama into a roofed backhander while dangling through traffic in the offensive zone against the Florida..." February 25

  • Chara left feeling grand

    Boston Globe "Doug Houda, these days a Bruins assistant coach, was there from the start. It was a long time ago, early in the 1997-98 NHL season, but Houda remembers those early days on Long Island with that humongous, gangly kid from Slovakia trying to find his place in the game. But it wasn't so much Zdeno..." March 25

  • Chara in it for long haul

    Boston Herald "In Prague last season Zdeno Chara made the somewhat startling statement that he hoped to play until age 45. Before playing his 1,000th career game last night against the Kings, the Bruins captain reiterated that desire. "I would love to, yeah," Chara said. "Obviously, it's a question of staying..." March 25

  • Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara 'disappointed' by cheers after injury

    Montreal Gazette "The blood was pouring from Zdeno Chara's face even before he hit the ice in the final ticks of the first period. The Boston Bruins captain had been struck in the chin by a neutral-zone puck off the stick of Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec, and before Chara had picked himself up and skated..." February 16

  • Zdeno Chara finds Tim Thomas to his liking

    Boston Herald "Bruins captain Zdeno Chara gave his strategy prior to last night's NHL Fantasy Draft, saying you don't want to load up on too many players of the same position. "You don't want to have, say, too many right wingers," said Chara. That, of course, gave the wiseguys in the press a wide..." January 27

  • Captain's words help to rejuvenate Tyler Seguin

    Boston Herald "Zdeno Chara may not be the most vocal captain, but when he does address something, people tend to listen. The case in point is young Tyler Seguin. Seguin had cooled off considerably after a torrid start. Chara decided to have a heart-to-heart with Seguin last month when the team was in..." January 06

  • Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas shine on

    Boston Herald "It was suggested to Andrew Ference the other day that Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara, playing as well as they ever have, are perhaps on their way to once more winning their respective NHL trophies. "Which trophy?" said Ference with a mischievous smile. "Conn Smythe?" Well, first things first. On..." December 21

  • Z contributes right away — and Howe!

    Boston Herald "After the Flyers and Bruins took turns humiliating each other in the last two postseasons and Philadelphia took some of the gleam out of the Stanley Cup ring ceremony at the Garden on opening night in October, this could have been a delicious fight. Instead, it took the Bruins only 27 seconds..." December 18

  • Chara looks ready to return

    Boston Globe "Zdeno Chara participated yesterday in his first full practice since injuring his left knee last Saturday against Columbus. Chara made it through the entire session at the Canadian Hockey International Academy without limitations. He took part in line rushes, went one-on-one against several..." December 17

  • Chara points in right direction

    Boston Globe "As of yesterday, Zdeno Chara was fifth among NHL defensemen in scoring. The Bruin captain's 5-13-18 line equaled the output of Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom and Nashville's Shea Weber, his two fellow finalists for the Norris Trophy last season. "My job is always to shut down top lines every game -..." December 04

  • Grieving Chara leads teammates with an emotional return

    Boston Globe "On Friday night, Zdeno Chara returned to Boston via Slovakia, where he attended a memorial service for close friend Pavol Demitra. Coach Claude Julien would have granted Chara a day off. But yesterday, despite being exhausted from the intercontinental flight and still mourning his neighbor's..." September 18

  • Canadian prosecutor gets results on Zdeno Chara investigation

    Sporting News "Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara's fate is in the hands of a Canadian prosecutor, according to reports from Montreal. Police on Wednesday turned over results of their investigation into a March on-ice incident in which Chara left Montreal Canadians forward Max Pacioretty with a concussion and a..." August 11

  • Bruins: Chara probe not a big deal

    Boston Herald "The fact that Montreal police are persisting in their investigation of Bruins captain Zdeno Chara's March 8 hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty might strike some as comically absurd, essentially pandering to the Habs' myopic and frenzied fandom. But for Bruins general manager Peter..." June 30

  • Signing of Chara started Cup run

    New York Post "It WAS the summer of 2006, and the only way for the Senators to keep impending free agent defensemen Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden was to get each at a hometown discount. Redden, then 29, went for it, signing a two-year, $13 million deal that included a no-trade clause. Chara, also 29, did not,..." June 19

  • Zdeno Chara fulfills Cup goal he set five years ago

    Boston Herald "Before they exited Rogers Arena on Wednesday night in search of stuff they could set on fire, Vancouver Canucks fans received a real treat: They saw Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoist the Stanley Cup into the air. It was quite a scene. Two official-looking fellows solemnly carried the Stanley Cup..." June 18

  • Thomas, Chara must play their best tonight

    Boston Globe "Six games into the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, we have no idea which team will walk out of Rogers Arena a champion tonight. We cannot say with any authority or confidence that the Bruins are better than the Canucks, or that the Canucks are better than the Bruins, or that officiating, Zamboni, luck, or..." June 15

  • Edge goes to Zdeno Chara in solving problems

    Boston Herald "Bruins captain Zdeno Chara isn't confounded by the home-road dynamic of the Stanley Cup finals. The Bruins returned to the Garden yesterday trailing the Canucks, 3-2, after Friday night's Game 5 loss in Vancouver. In three games played in Vancouver, the B's were shut out twice 1-0 (Games 1 and..." June 12