December 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

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posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 5 comments

Zdeno Chara, after 14 seasons with Bruins, is joining the Capitals

posted by tommybiden at 05:01 PM on December 30, 2020

Sad to see him go, but Bruins were going to use him primarily as a 7th defenseman. They were not going to shell out any heavy money for that. Bruins are in a tight salary cap situation, so there's that. I wonder what Caps offered him.

posted by Howard_T at 05:13 PM on December 30, 2020

I wonder what Caps offered him.

$795,000/1 year

posted by tommybiden at 06:03 PM on December 30, 2020

Under 1 Meg is cheap. I guess it all came down to "where is the team going, and how do you plan to use me?". Chara's absence leaves a hole on the left side of the D, so GM Don Sweeney best pray that some of the defenseman now in development can show much improvement.

posted by Howard_T at 06:13 PM on December 30, 2020

I don't see Chara's departure as problematic from an on-ice standpoint. Sure, he still brings leadership and toughness to any blue line, but his days as a #1 D man are well behind him. I'm sure the B's would rather he retire than go to an Eastern Conference rival, but that is mostly for the sake of legacy. Today's smaller, quicker skaters have been torching Z on the open ice for several years now. In front of the net, well, that's a different story...

posted by tahoemoj at 12:06 PM on December 31, 2020

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