It seems like Zdeno Chara is going for one last lap in the NHL. Today Chara signed a one-year deal with the New York Islanders, the team that drafted him. It was up in the air for a bit where Chara might end up or if he would just retire. Turns out he was headed back to NYC. I have no idea if he was actually going to retire but at his age, you never know.
Chara was drafted by the Islanders, 56th overall back in 1996. He spent his first 4 seasons in the NHL with the Islanders for a total of 231 NHL games. Then he went up to Ottawa before landing in Boston for 14 seasons. He did the one year with Washington last season but nothing really came of it. At the age of 44, I have a feeling this might be Chara’s last lap around the league. In his 23 seasons in the league, he has 666 points in 1,608 games. He has one Stanley Cup with a Norris and a Messier.
Chara is a legend and this season will be fun to watch. The Isles are gearing up for another Cup run and with Chara on their roster they’ll have some extra motivation to try and make it all the way.
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