Zdeno Chara
D BOS
2 weeks ago

Chara had a goal and an assist Wednesday in a 6-1 win over the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Chara doesn't have many more of these offensive outbursts left in his career, but he hasn't needed to create or score goals this season. Instead, his skills without the puck have been what's gotten the job done, which is why he's now at a rating of plus-29. In most situations, that's mostly or exclusively the source of his value.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
3 weeks ago

Chara, who logged 22:37 worth of ice time in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Blues, leads the Bruins with a plus-25 rating through 49 games.

EDGE Analysis

Chara's spiffy plus/minus mark is good for second in the NHL, behind only William Karlsson (plus-27). It's a stat that is reflective of Chara's consistently strong defensive play for the surging Bruins. At 40 years of age, Chara is not counted on to generate the sort of offense he did earlier in his career, having logged four goals and 13 points this season. He doesn't need to, however, with the likes of Torey Krug and Charlie McAvoy leading the charge on that front. Chara's contract with the B's is up after this season, but he remains a premier shut-down defender at this stage of his career and his rigorous dedication to fitness and training should allow him to continue play at a high level, likely still in Boston, beyond the 2017-18 season.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara collected an assist in a 4-3 win over the Canadiens on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Chara now has a point in back-to-back games, giving him just three goals and nine assists through 41 contests this year. While ice time has never been an issue for the veteran rearguard, his offensive production has fallen off over the last few seasons -- though some of that is negated by his fantastic plus-21 rating.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara notched an assist in a 4-3 shootout victory over Montreal on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

The big man was able to collect a secondary assist on Jake DeBrusk's second period breakaway goal, giving him helpers in back-to-back contests. The 40-year-old certainly isn't filling the scoresheet like he used to, but still is averaging 23:21 of ice time and skating on Boston's first defensive pairing with Charlie McAvoy. The tally brought Chara up to 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 41 games, but even with his heavy usage he's already gone through three scoring droughts of six games or more in 2017-18, and it would be surprising to see much of an increase from his current pace.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
3 months ago

Chara collected a helper in Thursday's win over the Coyotes.

EDGE Analysis

Chara scored Monday against Nashville and followed up with an impressive performance against Arizona. The Slovakian blueliner was a plus-3 and dished out two hits in 21:17 of ice time. While he's been more involved of late, Chara has just eight points through 26 games and has gone through some long scoreless droughts. His plus-11 rating and 25 PIM show he's well-rounded, but at this age, don't expect big offensive totals from Chara.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
4 months ago

Chara had a pair of assists as his team scored a 5-3 win over Minnesota.

EDGE Analysis

Chara's assists on both of Boston's first-period goals snapped his scoring drought at eight games. The big defenseman remains valuable to the Bruins with his leadership and play on the blue line, but his points have been too few and far between to make him valuable in most fantasy formats at this time.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
4 months ago

Chara's scoring drought was extended to eight games after Saturday's 3-2 loss to Washinton.

EDGE Analysis

Chara remains a defensive stalwart even at the ripe age of 40, and last season it began to become evident that the Slovak would need to sacrifice some offense in order to do so. While still averaging 23:27 of time on ice, only 17 seconds is coming on the man advantage and Chara has only fired 18 shots on goal through 12 games this season. Chara is a phenomenal hockey player and has the ability to put points on the board, though at the moment he doesn't appear to be a viable fantasy option.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
4 months ago

Chara posted a goal and three points with a plus-3 rating and three shots on goal in a 6-2 victory against the Coyotes on Saturday night.

EDGE Analysis

The Bruins scored a pair of power-play goals, but all of Chara's points came at even strength. Despite turning 40, Chara is still a very useful fantasy option. Last season, he posted 10 goals, 29 points, a plus-18 rating and 59 penalty minutes in 23:20 of ice time. With nights like these, fantasy owners should believe repeating all of those numbers in 2017-18 is possible.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
5 months ago

Chara (illness) returned to practice Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Chara rejoined his usual defensive partner Brandon Carlo at practice Wednesday, a pairing that is destined to carry into the regular season. Chara recorded 10 goals and 29 points in 75 contests in 2016-17 despite a sharp reduction in power-play duty, a level of productions that the 40-year-old could maintain this season thanks to his rigorous dedication to fitness and training

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
5 months ago

Chara (illness) will be held out of Monday's preseason contest against Chicago, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports.

EDGE Analysis

With two games remaining on the preseason slate and Opening Night being Oct. 5 for the B's, there's no reason to be concerned about Chara's readiness for the 2017-18 campaign. Despite being 40 years old, the 6-foot-9 Slovakian remains a physical freak who is known for his unwavering commitment to maintaining his elite level of fitness. In Chara's absence, second-year pro Matt Grzelyck projects to play on the team's top pairing alongside Brandon Carlo.