Morning Free Association: Wherefore Art Thou, Zdeno

Zdeno Chara skates at the Black & Gold game

One of the expectations of this part of the season was that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara would get a new contract.

Ok, there was a brief period after the playoff run ended where it seemed that he might not want to come back (thank you Doc Emrick for feeding that rumor with little cause), but the 6’9″ defenseman has been pretty consistent since then that he wants to continue to play. And if one watched the playoff run, one would be forced to conclude that yes, he could still play competitively as an NHL D-man.

So why has he not been signed to a new contract? Has he not gotten interest from the teams?

Ok, he HAS gotten some bites on his availability.

And he is being a bit deliberative in the process. Fine, fine. But the window to sign a deal is limited. Has he not gotten an offer that is an obvious “yes”?

If he was willing to take a $2M deal for last season, it would seem that a Bruins offer of really any sort would be rather desirable – a team he knows, he’s got a home in the area, he’s been grooming the younger players, he won a Cup here, and he’s the team captain!

Said comments from Bruins GM Don Sweeney went something like this:

And Zdeno’s part of that conversation. We continue to have the conversation with his group and allow him the latitude to make some decisions accordingly.

There’s communication between the two sides and again I’ve had a great deal of communication with Zdeno and his representative, Matt Keator, to make sure there is no ambiguity in terms of that, and whatever Z decides to do, ultimately he’ll tell us. We’ll react accordingly to that.
We have our own feelings as to where these things will go. We’ve certainly relayed them. We’ll continue to relay them. As I’ve mentioned before, he’s an iconic player, a person and a leader, and things that we want to make sure that we’re dealing with this with the utmost respect as we try to treat all our players with and communicate it as effectively as possible. Like I said, we take a lot of pride in that, making sure that there is really, no really unanswered questions in that regard or ambiguity.

That sounds like a pretty unenthusiastic response.
awww, c’mon Sweens, get it done!

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Stripes
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Heading to Georgia’s Hole yo surf.. Woo hoo!

Sign Z

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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Dear Sweeney, please sign Z. Thank you, Me.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning all,

Bring the big guy back! Please.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I want him back because HOLY POOP we need left dmen

Stripes
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Stripes

Hey All!
Seems like a no brainer – sign Z. I feel that the Bruins might wait until they’ve explored free agency a bit more. So, I didn’t want the Bruins to overreact to the playoffs….. no worries. They haven’t reacted at all! Someone check Donnie for a pulse, please.
Hoping to surf today!!!

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Do you have any tidal bores on any river near you? I read there are about 100 rivers that have them, but 20 are in England. There’s one that goes through Worcester that people surf on. Looks like it might be fun.

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The tidal bores are in Maine. The Sheepscot and another river. I have yet to check them out