Longtime Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara signed with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, a shocking transfer lower than every week earlier than most NHL groups open coaching camp.
Chara agreed to phrases on a one-year contract value $795,000.
The 43-year-old defenseman posted on Instagram that the Bruins have determined to maneuver ahead with youthful gamers. He had been Boston’s captain since 2006 and was the second European captain to win the Stanley Cup.
“We’re extraordinarily happy to have Zdeno be a part of the Capitals group,” normal supervisor Brian MacLellan mentioned. “We really feel his expertise and management will strengthen our blue line and our group.”
The 6-foot-9 Chara is a seven-time All-Star who gained the Norris Trophy because the league’s high defenseman in 2009. He led the Bruins to the Cup in 2011 and journeys to the ultimate in 2013 and 2019.
Chara and his camp had been in talks with the Bruins since earlier than free company opened in October. It appeared possible the native of Slovakia would return to Boston except he determined to retire.
As an alternative, he begins a brand new chapter uniting with Alex Ovechkin as every star seems to win the Cup for a second time.