Zdeno Chara signs one-year contract extension with Bruins

Matt Kalman
March 23, 2019 - 10:26 am

The Boston Bruins won’t have to figure out a way to replace captain and defensive cornerstone Zdeno Chara for at least one more year.

Chara agreed to a one-year contract extension Saturday worth $2 million with $1.75 million in performance bonuses.

One day after his 42nd birthday, Chara told WEEI.com he had no intention of this being his last season.

After playing this season on one-year contract worth $5 million plus $1.75 million in bonuses, Chara both proved he wants to keep playing and he wants to be part of a deep, winning team.

Chara, who despite playing through a still-healing MCL tear in his knee, still averages 20:59 of ice time (third among Bruins skaters) and is the pillar that the Bruins’ 10th-ranked penalty kill is built upon, could have sought a larger payday. But instead he took a team-friendly contract that will make it easier for general manager Don Sweeney to re-sign restricted free agents like Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy, and also have flexibility to make other improvements.

Chara has four goals and seven assists in 55 games this season. His next goal will be the 200th of his NHL career and will make him the 22nd defenseman to reach that milestone. He has played in 1,478 career games.

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