Report: Zdeno Chara signs free agency deal, will play 24th NHL season
Zdeno Chara isn’t ready to hang up the skates quite yet. At 44-years-old, the former Bruins captain was the oldest player in the NHL last season, his 23rd in the league.
On Saturday, Chara signed a one-year deal with the New York Islanders, as first reported by Kevin Weeks of ESPN. The financial terms of the deal were not announced.
Chara posted about the signing on Instagram, shortly after it was announced by the team.
Chara was originally drafted by the Islanders, in the third round of the 1996 NHL draft. The 6-foot-9 defenseman spent the first four years of his career with the club, before being dealt to Ottawa in 2001.
He’d spend four years with the Senators before heading to Boston for 14, where he won a Cup in 2011. The Bruins elected to let him walk in free agency before the 2020-2021 season, and he signed with the Washington Capitals.
The Bruins will face Chara and the Islanders three times this season, starting with a meeting on Long Island on Dec. 16. Chara’s lone game in Boston this year will come on March 26.
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