The Bruins announced on Wednesday morning that they've signed captain Zdeno Chara to a one-year extension.
According to the Bruins, the deal is for $5 million plus another $1.75 million in "performance-based incentives." Chara, 41, has scored 23 points in 68 games this season. But, as always, his true strengths have been on the defensive end of the ice. He's averaged a team-high 23:00 of ice time this season.
Seems like odd timing for the deal to get done and come out while Chara is on the shelf with an upper body injury. But he's having a renaissance season and there's reason to believe he can still be a strong top-pairing defenseman for the B's next year. He's also a possibility to return on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Even if Charlie McAvoy takes another step forward and starts to play like a No. 1 defenseman for the Bruins next year, $5 million for your No. 2 and captain is a pretty good deal - especially since they didn't go beyond the one year. And if Chara gets those incentives, that probably means he's still playing at a high level anyway.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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