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?
Asked agent Matt Keator about his client Zdeno Chara. Keator says numerous teams have reached out today on the future HHOFer. Keator says Chara will take his time. In no hurry to make any decision. Will decide in due time.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 9, 2020
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!
For the record, I have no clue if Zdeno Chara is back. Sweeney's answer when asked about him last week made me think they may move on, but honestly, sifting through the word salad always seems futile.
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) October 16, 2020
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!