Don Sweeney ‘confident’ Zdeno Chara will be fine in time for Final

Matt Kalman
May 18, 2019 - 11:15 am

With the Stanley Cup Final not starting until May 27, the Bruins will have 10 days off between completing their four-game sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes and the start of their series against either the San Jose Sharks or St. Louis Blues.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney thinks that will be enough time for defenseman Zdeno Chara, who sat out Game 4 of the series against the Hurricanes with an undisclosed injury, to be healthy enough to contribute to Boston’s cause when the Final starts.

“Yeah, but again, we have a lot of time to make the absolute right decision to give him the proper time to get over something that’s been nagging him. And we’ll cross our fingers that will be the case. But we’re confident it will be,” Sweeney said during a press conference at Warrior Ice Arena on Saturday.

Sweeney said Chara’s absence from Game 4 had nothing to do with the score of the series or any other factors aside from Chara’s ability to perform in a way the Bruins need him to play.

“No factors. Game to game, decided he wasn’t going to be able to be at his best in Game 4. Next man up, Johnny [Moore] goes in, fortunate to have the guys waiting in the wings that way and being well-prepared,” Sweeney said. “And we would’ve [made] the same decision going into a Game 5, to tell you the truth. We’re just, we’re living in it day by day, trying to give our team the best chance to win. And I think Bruce has picked his lineup that way, we’ve made all our decisions that way, and we’re going to continue to operate that way.”

Asked about whether his “crossing our fingers” comment meant he wasn’t completely confident Chara could get over his “nagging” injury in time to face the Sharks or Blues, Sweeney explained that he didn’t want to be over-confident and then be proven wrong down the road.

 “I’m not living in how or where Zee feels. I expect he’ll be fine,” Sweeney said. “But I’m not going to sit here and make a proclamation in terms of promises. I do believe that time will be used effectively and he’ll be fine. But sometimes those are out of your control.”

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