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Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« on: December 30, 2020, 05:23:28 PM »

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My family and I have been so fortunate to call the great city of Boston our home for over 14 years. Recently, The Boston Bruins have informed me that they plan to move forward with their many younger and talented players and I respect their decision. Unfortunately, my time as the proud Captain of the Bruins has come to an end.

The Bs decided Chara wasnít worth a minimum contract, so he signed with the Capitals.

Iíve gotta say, I donít get this.  Heís obviously aged, but heís still good enough to be in our top six.  The leadership alone would be worth the contract, even if he never played a minute.


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Re: Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2020, 05:32:38 PM »

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This saddens me. I really was hoping he would retire while with the Bruins. It's probably the right time to move on as his defense in the playoffs was pretty abysmal and was sliding downward most of last season.

Even with his size, players can get past him pretty easily now. He's great for the penalty killing squad as he can plant himself in front and move people, but his physical limitations farther out from the crease, have gotten him to be fairly terrible out in space.

Still though, if he wanted to come back for a farewell tour, I would have been okay with that. He's earned it.

Re: Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2020, 05:47:53 PM »

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Roy and nick, I'm with you guys on this. It's a sad day for Bruins Nation.

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Re: Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2020, 06:19:46 PM »

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End of an era - definitely disappointing. I don't get this at all, as he should have been allowed to stay until he was ready to retire. He, Bergeron, and Marchand have been the faces of the franchise forever. One of the most recognizable players in the game and even though he's no longer in his prime, he is still such a presence out there on the ice.

Re: Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2020, 06:59:46 PM »

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Epic fail not letting him retire a Bruins player. Epic fail.

Re: Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2020, 07:46:31 PM »

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a terrible loss. what was it, 21 years a bruin? he brought class, hard work, and great play to the bruins for over two decades.

at the same time, he looked so slow on the ice last year. it was time for him to retire and avoid being willie mays.

this will not be a popular opinion, but i would prefer he did not play on the bruins in 2021. he is well past his prime. this allows space for a youngster and the team will ....sadly...be the better for it in terms of talent. leadership? we will have to see.

i will miss him just as i missed ortiz, bird, dewey, and pierce.

p.s. 2020 really was a terrible, terrible year.
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Re: Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2020, 08:05:55 PM »

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this will not be a popular opinion, but i would prefer he did not play on the bruins in 2021. he is well past his prime. this allows space for a youngster and the team will ....sadly...be the better for it in terms of talent. leadership? we will have to see.

Iím not as sure.  We lost Krug with no replacement.  Itís hard to believe that Chara wasnít a top-six defender.


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Re: Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2020, 08:47:49 PM »

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this will not be a popular opinion, but i would prefer he did not play on the bruins in 2021. he is well past his prime. this allows space for a youngster and the team will ....sadly...be the better for it in terms of talent. leadership? we will have to see.

Iím not as sure.  We lost Krug with no replacement.  Itís hard to believe that Chara wasnít a top-six defender.
on offense zara was really really slow and hurt the team. he was effective still on powerplays. but his game has declined. sorry to say it, but true.
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Re: Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2020, 09:09:10 PM »

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My family and I have been so fortunate to call the great city of Boston our home for over 14 years. Recently, The Boston Bruins have informed me that they plan to move forward with their many younger and talented players and I respect their decision. Unfortunately, my time as the proud Captain of the Bruins has come to an end.

The Bs decided Chara wasnít worth a minimum contract, so he signed with the Capitals.

Iíve gotta say, I donít get this.  Heís obviously aged, but heís still good enough to be in our top six.  The leadership alone would be worth the contract, even if he never played a minute.

He should have retired

Cant blame Bruins

Re: Bruins move on from Zdeno Chara
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2020, 09:39:51 PM »

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this will not be a popular opinion, but i would prefer he did not play on the bruins in 2021. he is well past his prime. this allows space for a youngster and the team will ....sadly...be the better for it in terms of talent. leadership? we will have to see.

Iím not as sure.  We lost Krug with no replacement.  Itís hard to believe that Chara wasnít a top-six defender.
on offense zara was really really slow and hurt the team. he was effective still on powerplays. but his game has declined. sorry to say it, but true.

Thereís no disagreement about his decline.  Iím just skeptical that we currently have six defensemen better than him.


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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2020, 09:50:49 PM »

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this will not be a popular opinion, but i would prefer he did not play on the bruins in 2021. he is well past his prime. this allows space for a youngster and the team will ....sadly...be the better for it in terms of talent. leadership? we will have to see.

Iím not as sure.  We lost Krug with no replacement.  Itís hard to believe that Chara wasnít a top-six defender.
on offense zara was really really slow and hurt the team. he was effective still on powerplays. but his game has declined. sorry to say it, but true.

Thereís no disagreement about his decline.  Iím just skeptical that we currently have six defensemen better than him.
See for me the question isn't whether at the start of the year the Bruins have some young defensemen that are worse than Chara. The question is will those young defensemen be better than Chara by season's end.

So putting on the GM cap, it's probably time to move on. But the sentimental fan in me wishes Chara finished here, so if he wanted to play a farewell tour season, I would have given it to him.

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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2020, 09:52:25 PM »

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I'm guessing this is like the Paul Pierce leaving the Celtics and Brady leaving the Patriots typa equivalency.

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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2020, 10:53:16 PM »

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I'm guessing this is like the Paul Pierce leaving the Celtics and Brady leaving the Patriots typa equivalency.

Not quite, but close enough.  He didnít start his career here, so there isnít quite the same level of sentimentality, but itís close. I think heís been here 14 years now, and heís been a key to all of the Bruins success.

I think the basketball equivalent would be if KG had never been traded, and wanted to play one final year here at the league minimum back in 2016.  I think you give the man the respect of a roster spot.  To continue the analogy, it would be like we were extremely young and weak up front, with KG probably being our third or fourth best big man.


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« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2020, 01:59:57 AM »

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Nice career that should have been better. It was his time. Wish him good health.

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« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2020, 02:08:33 AM »

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Nice career that should have been better. It was his time. Wish him good health.

Should have been better how?


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