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.
"It was a new experience for me. I really enjoyed it. Since day one, everybody welcomed me with open arms … We played some great hockey. I couldn't ask for a better group."
Zdeno Chara reflects on this past season with the Caps.https://t.co/L2X4pXWUnA
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 25, 2021
On Tuesday, Zdeno Chara stated that he wanted to take a few days to consider his future.
Zdeno Chara said he will take a few days and talk to his family before deciding on his future.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 25, 2021
“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.
Cassidy said that the Bruins are planning as if Game 1 will be Saturday. However, he did note that it could change – Monday will likely be the other option.
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 27, 2021
EDIT: It’s confirmed. Saturday, 8pm.
Saturday night. Full house. Can’t wait. pic.twitter.com/AA0arZ8rRK
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 27, 2021