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Jan 8, 2019; Boston, MA: Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara congratulates goaltender Tuukka Rask after defeating the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Jan 8, 2019; Boston, MA: Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara congratulates goaltender Tuukka Rask after defeating the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Bruins announced on Saturday that they’ve signed defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year extension, ensuring that their captain stays in Boston through at least the 2019-20 season.

Chara’s contract is for $2 million, plus $1.75 million in “performance bonuses”. He takes a $3 million pay-cut from this year’s deal, which the team originally announced almost exactly one year ago.

Late March is turning into “Chara Extension Season” for the Bruins captain, who turned 42 years old on March 18. Next season’s deal should prove to be a bargain for Chara, who continues to play strong defense in the Bruins’ end of the ice and log big, important minutes. The B’s have allowed the third-fewest goals in the NHL this season with 186.

Chara missed 19 games from mid-November to late-December with an MCL injury. The Bruins went 10-7-2 in that span, while their average goals allowed ticked up from 2.51 to 2.58.

The extension keeps the Bruins’ captain, the longest-tenured in the league, in the fold as they continue to develop younger blue line pieces behind him. It also effectively frees cap space for the B’s to lock those younger defensemen up long-term. Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo are both headed for restricted free agency and could get long-term deals in the offseason.

At this point, it’s fair to anticipate this kind of deal every year, right around this time, until Chara decides to call it a career. But he’s shown in the past two seasons that he still has something left and wants another Cup before he’s done.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.

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