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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 01: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins looks on in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens during the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is a free agent for the first time in 14 years, and he has no shortage of potential suitors, according to the latest update from hockey insider Pierre LeBrun.

Boston’s captain for the last 14 seasons, Chara is coming off a 2019-20 campaign featuring five goals, 14 points, and a plus-26 rating while averaging 21:01 per night in 68 regular-season contests. On the shelf for over four and a half months of game action due to the COVID-19 pandemic that paused the season, the 6-foot-9 Chara struggled to find his gear in the bubble, and added two assists and averaged 19:47 of time on ice during the 13-game restart.

And though Chara is free to talk with anybody, it certainly feels like his preference is to stay in Boston.

“I love Boston, I love the city, and I think we have the best fans in the world,” Chara offered back on Sept. 3. “I have no plans to move or go anywhere else, so we’ll see what the future holds.

“I’m committed to the Boston Bruins. I’m committed to Boston fans and the city of Boston. I think I’ve expressed that a number of times. Again, I’m excited about the future of this team and like I said, we are going to do whatever we can to win another Stanley Cup.”

Chara, who joined the Bruins all the way back in 2006, is one of six Bruins to play at least 1,000 games with the franchise, and his 1,553 career games are the 15th-most in league history.

Listen to Ty Anderson and Matt Dolloff discuss the latest with the Bruins in free agency and the trade market in the latest episode of the Sports Hub Sidelines podcast:

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.