Morning Free Association: Zee’s Future

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After the Washington Capitals were defeated in 5 games by the Boston Bruins, the players wrapped up their season with thoughts, reflections, and possible concerns for their futures. Alex Ovechkin is due to be a unrestricted free agent once the Stanley Cup Final wraps up and the new league year starts, likely late July or early August. He thinks he’ll stay with the Caps. TJ Oshie is hoping that he will not end up in Seattle. Evgeny Kuznetsov will likely be exposed via the Expansion Draft as many fans wish because he’s worn out his welcome with too many mistakes, including 2 stints on COVID protocol.

One player that stands out among the rest is Zdeno Chara and not just because he’s a good half-foot taller than anyone else on that team. At 44, Chhara has already played 23 NHL seasons. In 2011, he won the Stanley Cup with a hard working Boston Bruins team that he captained. Even though he and the Bruins agreed to part ways last fall, Zee was determined to come back once more, even after consulting his own feelings and those of his family. He chose the Capitals because it would keep him playing in the newly formed East Division so he could see his family back in Boston when the Caps traveled to Boston to play.

On Tuesday, Zdeno Chara stated that he wanted to take a few days to consider his future.

“Obviously, I think that it’s not always decision that I can make myself,” the Washington Capitals defenseman said Tuesday. “Sometimes there are things in life that you have to realize, and I have to, obviously, have those conversations with my wife and my children and see where we’re going to be in the next few day or weeks. After those conversations, I’m going to probably let those emotions settle in and see where I’m at.”

Chara clearly believes he has more to give to the game by playing. Surely the Caps felt that same way in bringing him on. But at his age, the cracks in his game, like his mobility, are showing. In the past he’s consulted former players on when they decided to call it a career. No doubt he kept those words in his mind in the past few seasons. Only he knows when it’s time for him to go. That time might be sooner than we know.


Just to let you know: the Boston Bruins will face the New York Islanders in the second round of the playoffs in a best of seven. Since the Bruins were the third seed and the Islanders the fourth, the B’s will have home ice advantage, a possible four games at home. At this point, we’re not sure when that series will start but it could be as early as Saturday or even on Monday; the Celtics are playing Sunday at the Garden.

EDIT: It’s confirmed. Saturday, 8pm.

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Had an outing to a restaurant (outdoor) for the first time last night. It was surprising how quickly I settled in.
It was a good-bye party for a co-worker who was leaving. I had been thinking that my vaccination present to myself was going to be eating at a Mexican restaurant with GH, but that was going to be next Tuesday, but I’ll be out with her tomorrow and I went to a Mexican place last night.

Ah well. I’ll come up with something.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Going to my first post-pandemic show in July. Such a nice mindset to have something to actually go to!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Moring all. At the office today and I’m all discombobulated. Already had to steal a spare mouse because I left mine at home.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I still haven’t been back. 15 months and counting

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I forgot how much planning is involved. Do I have this…do I have that….don’t forget the water bottle….oh right don’t forget to bring a snack and plan for lunch. lol

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I think I’ve been back 3 or 4 times for a total of maybe 8 hours. Am having a hard time remembering the combination to the inner door lock. Had to rely on muscle memory to press the right buttons to get in last time. In the meantime, they redid the carpets, tore down some walls, replaced the security system for the outer doors, etc.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

It’s really weird feeling. I’m having a hard time actually remembering I need to do work since home has been work space for so long.

The London Bear
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I have to keep refreshing my memory of the combination for my locker at the office – although it’s a battery powered one and has almost certainly run out. Inside, there’s a coffee mug, a table tennis paddle and I hate to think what else!

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Good Morning!!
I love how thoughtful Zee is. I guess by the time you’re 44 you don’t make rash decisions… (I’m sure I never did. :-D). Could he play another season? Sure. And hey, Seattle might be the place, if he was to take his family with. Maybe becomes back to Nab Boston in a coaching/ mentoring way. He will not play for the Bruins again. Papa Kracken? I doubt it. I think he comes back to Boston. Whether he stays in hockey, who knows. The isn’t a better ambassador for the game. I wish him the best.
80 something on Wednesday, 50’s today. Gotta love New England. Glad I didn’t put my long johns away yet. Hurray for procrastination! The pro shines through!!!
– Stripes Anonymous

I’m thinking this would be a good name for a group dedicated to helping refs recover mentally from difficult games. Holy shit! I finally found a career path!!!

The London Bear
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I guess by the time you’re 44 you don’t make rash decisions

I’ll let you know in seven months!

The fact his family stayed in Boston suggests he wasn’t thinking this would be a long-term move. I’d love to see him behind the bench in some capacity. The way he brought on the young D shows he’s got potential in that department. And if nothing’s available at the moment he’s always got his Real Estate licence!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I got another year for rash decisions!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I hear ya, before going to bed I grabbed the quilt I had put away for the summer. Glad I did because I needed the extra blanket! Even Nugget came in and curled up next to me for extra warmth.

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I would have liked a kitty or dog to snuggle with last night!!