Morning Free Association: Take the Cake

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Zdeno Chara turned 42 yesterday and the team bought him a cake, which he ate to be polite.

While the huge defenseman from Slovakia has reached a significant age, he is not ready to retire just yet. However, he has consulted former players like Nicklas Lidstrom, and former teammates Mark Recchi and Jaromir Jagr. What he found out was that each of these players knew when they would retire from the NHL due to their desire to train as hard burning out. That does not seem to be a problem with Chara at this time.

The article is revealing in that it seems to lay out the idea that Big Zee will retire with the team when it’s time, that the team seems to want to work with him on that. While neither side has said anything about a new contract, it seems to be a given that one will be worked out in time for the new season.

Chara’s time on ice has been declining on purpose to keep him fresher for longer into the playoffs. While Bruce Cassidy has wanted to rest the big guy, Chara has refused to sit games and instead wanted maintenance days- days without practice- since practice seems redundant at this stage of the season, and quite frankly, at this stage in his career. Anyone who has viewed his Instagram knows that Chara trains harder than just about anyone, including changing his diet and working on footwork along with strength training. The man is a beast.

Let’s hope that Chara’s career has at least one more Stanley Cup hoisted higher than any other player ever has done before.

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BagelBruin
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After reading Amalie Benjamin’s piece, I don’t think Chara will retire this season even if he wins the Cup.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi all,

I guess you can’t have your cake and not eat it!

I seem to be able to injure myself in my sleep these days, and I’m younger than Zee! Don’t know how he does it.

Let him play as long as he wants. He seems to be smart enough and enough of a team player to know when to stop.

Quaider4ever
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Funny, but I did injure myself while sleeping last week…. Grabbed blanket, started the crocodile roll to take sole possession of said blanket, tore a muscle in my side trying to pull blanket. I’m attributing it to my weakened state, rather than her weight…. for reasons on many levels…. truth being the major influence.

Quaider4ever
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She’s almost exactly the same as ever…. I dunno, change in the earth’s gravitational pull? Cannot be me getting old! Nope, nope, nope….

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I think it was karma for trying to steal the blanket!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Haha! I think your muscles are susceptible to damage when they’re in a relaxed state!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I’m going with that!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Looks like Chara is going break Pasta’s neck in that photo.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I keel you, Hulk Hogan!!!! – Andre the (true) giant!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hiya Pals!!!
Awol in the northland yesterday. It’s beautiful up there.. I left it up there!!I

Gotta beat the Icelanders tonight!!! Get another roll going that includes 16 playoff wins!!!!

Was in Tallest’s back yard Sunday… Tarriffville Gorge…. It was rockin’… and I was reeling… big, big water!!!

Happy Birthday, Zee!!!! I have a kid older than Zee… scary!

Mo coffee!!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Jo’s flight delayed 3 hours last night… She got home at 4… Left here at 7:50 to go to work… Wish I could have gone in her place… No, actually, I don’t.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh poor Jo!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

She wasn’t exactly bounding for the door, when she left…