Longtime Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara announces exit after 14 seasons, sign with Washington Capitals

The Boston Bruins will have another captain for the first time 14 seasons, as defenseman Zdeno Chara won’t be getting back to the team.

The Washington Capitals reported Wednesday evening that they have consented to terms with Chara on a one-year contract worth $795,000.

Ken Campbell, a senior essayist for The Hockey News, was the first to report that Chara endorsed with the Capitals.

Chara affirmed that he won’t be getting back to Boston through a video he partook in an Instagram post. The video demonstrated features of his top minutes in a Bruins uniform and finished with the accompanying message: “Always a Bruin. Thank you, Boston.”

“My family and I have been so fortunate to call the great city of Boston our home for over 14 years,” Chara wrote on Instagram. “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.”

“As I begin this next chapter, I want the people of Boston to know how proud I was to be a Bruin and how grateful I am for all of the support over the years,” Chara added. “‘Thank you’ does not seem adequate to express my sincere gratitude. I will always be a Bruin. I will always love Boston.”

The 43-year-old Chara endorsed with the Bruins on July 1, 2006, subsequent to parting his initial eight seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators. He was named Boston’s chief only three months after the fact and never surrendered the job.

The 6-foot-9 defenseman known as “Big Z” established himself among the best defensemen in Bruins history, joining any semblance of Eddie Shore, Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque.

Chara ranks ninth among Boston’s record-breaking players with 69 strategic maneuver objectives, and eighth with an or more short appraising of +240. On Jan. 13, he turned out to be only the 6th part throughout the entire existence of the establishment to play 1,000 games for the club. He completed the 2019-20 season with five objectives, nine helps and a +26 or more less appraising.

He likewise discovered accomplishment with the B’s in the postseason, driving them to a Stanley Cup title in 2011 and two more Stanley Cup Final appearances in 2013 and 2019.

Chara, who is presently the most established dynamic NHL player, completed the 2019-20 season with five objectives, nine helps and a +26 or more less appraising. In September, he said that he needed to remain in Boston and remain a Bruin.

“I’m committed to Boston Bruins. I’m committed to Boston fans and the city of Boston,” Chara said at the time. “I’m excited about the future of this team.”

Chara, a local of Slovakia, was drafted in 1996 by the Islanders with the No. 56 generally pick in the third round. He impacted the world forever in his NHL debut on Nov. 19, 1997, with his size alone, as he turned into the tallest individual to actually play in the class – a qualification he actually holds.

After four seasons with the Islanders, Chara was exchanged to the Senators in June 2001. He made his first NHL All-Star Game appearance with Ottawa in 2003, and his point sums rose in every one of his four seasons with the group.

In the late spring of 2006, the Senators decided to keep defenseman Wade Redden over Chara and permitted “Big Z” to enter free organization. Blush left Ottawa for the New York Rangers in free office only two years after the fact and resigned from the NHL in 2014.

Chara won two significant honors during his 14 seasons with the Bruins, asserting the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2009 and the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award in 2011. He additionally made five more NHL All-Star Game appearances with Boston (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012).

The best period of Chara’s Bruins residency came in 2010-11 when he drove the NHL in addition to less evaluating (+33) and completed the ordinary season with 44 focuses (14 objectives and 30 helps). He helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup unexpectedly since 1972, and got done with an alliance high +16 rating in the postseason.

In the accompanying season, Chara had the best hostile yield of his NHL profession with 52 focuses by scoring 12 objectives and indenting 40 helps.

In 2013-14, he scored 17 goals and got done with 40 points and a +25 rating, procuring First-Team All-Star differentiation toward the finish of the normal season for the third time in his vocation.

Chara played 1,553 NHL games, which positions fifteenth record-breaking, during his 22 seasons with the Bruins, Senators and Islanders. He has 656 vocation focuses (205 objectives and 451 aids) normal season play with a +288 or more less appraising. In postseason play, he has scored 70 vocation focuses (18 objectives and 52 helps) with a +48 or more short evaluating.