Morning Free Association: Chara’s at it Again

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We’re not the only ones sad about the season ending. The players feel it doubly and beyond a few canned sound bites, the usual sounds of Hockeybot 5000, we don’t get much insight into the mind of the athlete after losing a Stanley Cup Playoff series. That is, unless you are relatively new Instagram user Zdeno Chara.

Yet again, the captain never ceases to amaze. Chara has taken the time to express his gratitude to everyone for making this season so special. And we’re all the better for witnessing it.

In his latest post, Chara encapsulates the season (expectations, injuries, success) and still take a jab at the haters.

It’s been a week. The mind slowed down and the thoughts have settled. It’s never easy to lose, every athlete will tell you that. I feel it’s important to see the good side in everything. Many didn’t see us make the playoffs but we played for the first place in Eastern Conference. We won a very difficult 7 game series against a very good Toronto team. I am proud how this team played throughout the whole season and battled through adversities, injuries and negative expectations. We really cared for each other and came together. So proud of our young players and so grateful to have so many leaders on this team. A big “Thank you” to our trainers, medical staff and all personnel working at the Bruins organization for what they do for us every day. To our families for the care and love we receive during the whole year. And mostly to you, all @nhlbruins fans for your unconditional support, for creating an unbelievable atmosphere during the whole season. I see a great potential and stay motivated! We will be back stronger next season. And the work starts now! 💪🏽🐻 #stronger #patience #positive #motivated ————————————————————————— Uplynul tyzden. Mysel spomalila a myslienky sa usadili. Nie je lahke prehravat, potvrdi vam to kazdy sportovec. Myslim, ze je dolezite vidiet vo vsetkom to dobre. Mnohi si nevedeli predstavit, ze sa dostaneme do playoff, no my sme hrali o prve miesto vo vychodnej konferencii. Zvladli sme tazky 7. zapas proti silnemu superovi akym bolo Toronto. Som hrdy ako tento team hral celu sezonu a zvladal vsetky zranenia, neprijemnosti aj kritiku. Skutocne sme drzali spolu. Som hrdy na nasich mladych hracov a vdacny, ze nas team ma tolko lidrov. Dakujem patri trenerom, lekarskemu teamu a vsetkym ludom ktori pracuju pre Bruins, za to co pre nas robia kazdy den. Nasim rodinam, za lasku a starostlivost ktoru od nich dostavame pocas celej dlhej sezony. A najmä vam fanusikom @nhlbruins, za bezpodmienecnu podporu a atmosferu cely rok. Vidim obrovsky potencial! V buducej sezone sa vratime silnejsi. A pracovat na tom zaciname teraz! 💪🏽🐻

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Yes, there is a value in stepping back and evaluating the season and looking for what worked, This team overcame incredible odds after amassing injuries starting with the first game in October. They came together as, what David Pastrank would term, a family when they had to battle through so much in such a long season. Perhaps the 82 game season benefitted them as several players were able to take time to heal while they still climbed in the standings, eventually getting that second seed in the Atlantic.

There were so many positives to take from this season. The only shame is that this group won’t be intact next season when they hope to play longer into the playoffs. Whomever stays or replaces those who leave will no doubt have the support of the team leadership and will be brought into the family to take another shot at the Stanley Cup.


Starting some time next month, Bearly on Topic will start producing episodes in which we discuss Zdeno Chara’s Instagram. Join us in marveling at the wisdom of the captain.

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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hello folks,

Well, the captain certainly showed his worth again this season. Long may it continue, though I’d like to see us sign another top-line D. He has an awful lot of pressure on his shoulders.

Love his attitude. I think it’s logical that mental fitness is as important as physical fitness when it comes to the kind of longevity like he has shown.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Speaking of Chara, I tried to feed some of the birds outside my apartment yesterday. Those jerks were anything but grateful!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

What were you offering? Birds are fussy. Most of them eat like a….. that’s right!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Some leftover bread. And there was also a mama robin who thought I was Godzilla and had plans of smashing her nest. grin

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

15 minutes away from the rink last night when we got the call…..games cancelled, no power. By then the road home was chock a block with traffic. When the going gets tough……yup, we went shopping until the traffic died down.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Gah! I hope you were compensated for your time.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

No compensation!!! Plus, road closures made the trip home loooooong!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

we went shopping until the traffic died down.

Good idea.
I tried to beat the storm going home yesterday and ended up heading right into the teeth of it. Lots of lightning strikes nearby, torrential down-pour, limited visibility, roads flooded. Supposedly there was a tornado warning, but it was really not so windy. It sucked quite a bit, and folks around me were driving slow and using their high-beams (pro-tip: high beams don’t help visibility in heavy rain – they just light up the rain). I thought about ducking into the local department store and waiting it out a bit, but the weather cleared briefly (down to merely “raining”) so I didn’t bother.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Oh my god why is it only Wednesday.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Don’t wish your life away, Sis!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Big Z!!! The man continues to impress!!
Yes, there will be changes….. all good, I hope.
Looks like the Lightning made some adjustments. Kucherov is getting warm. Trouble for the Caps!!