OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara will have a procedure on his elbow to clean up loose fragments, per GM Don Sweeney.

EDGE Analysis

Add an elbow issue to the assortment of aches and pains Chara now has the offseason to recover from. It was previously confirmed that the big blueliner played through multiple fractures in his jaw during the Stanley Cup Finals. Monday's announcement of Chara's upcoming elbow procedure was not accompanied by a recovery timetable, but we suspect that he should be at or close to full health by the time training camp rolls around. At 42 years of age, Chara -- who logged five goals and 14 points in 62 games this past season -- has lost a step and rarely sees power-play duty. As a result, he's no longer the fantasy factor that he was during his prime, but the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder maintains top-shelf shutdown ability and his leadership is a key element to the Bruins' team chemistry, which from all accounts was outstanding this past season.

OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara acknowledged Friday that he played through multiple fractures in his jaw during the Stanley Cup Finals.

EDGE Analysis

It was widely assumed that Chara suffered a broken jaw in Game 4 of the Bruins' series versus the Blues, but predictably official confirmation of his injury didn't arrive until the team's end-of-season media availability Friday. Chara's recovery timeline is five-to-six weeks, meaning he'll be back to full strength well before the Bruins take the ice again. The 42-year-old will be back with Boston next season on a team-friendly, one-year, $2 million deal. At this stage of his career, the B's captain -- who logged five goals and 14 points in 62 games this past season -- isn't much of a fantasy factor, with power-play duty now scarce for the hard-shooting blueliner. Still, Chara's strong shut-down ability is intact and his intangibles are top shelf, starting with his outstanding leadership, fitness and obviously his toughness, given what he just played through.

OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara scored an empty-net goal and dished three hits in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6.

EDGE Analysis

The blueliner continues to battle a broken jaw, but he hasn't shied away from physicality with seven hits in two games since the injury. For the playoffs, Chara has two goals and six points in 22 contests.

OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara (jaw) will play in Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Blues, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara was a game-time decision, but it seems he's healthy enough to play Thursday. The blueliner was spotted with a chin protector in Thursday's morning skate but won't have his jaw wired shut, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports. Head coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned he is leaning towards rolling with seven defensemen for Game 5, which could keep John Moore and/or Steve Kampfer from having to watch from the press box.

OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara (jaw) is a game-time call for Thursday's Game 5 clash with St. Louis.

EDGE Analysis

Chara hit the ice for the game-day skate sporting a chin protector and regular sweater. The towering blueliner's inclusion in the lineup would be a huge win for Boston, as it looks to take a critical Game 5. If the veteran does suit up, he may play slightly less than his 21:56 postseason average, but should be a factor thanks to his shut-down ability. If Chara and Matt Grzelcyk (concussion) are both available, John Moore and Steve Kampfer will probably find themselves relegated to the press box.

OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara suffered a broken jaw during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although the Bruins have yet to release an official update on Chara's status for Thursday's game, it seems highly unlikely that he'll be available just three days after suffering a broken jaw, even with the added protection of a full face shield. If Chara is in fact sidelined for Game 5, Steve Kampfer will likely draw into the lineup for just the third time this postseason.

OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara will have to undergo further testing after taking a puck to the mouth in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Blues -- in the meantime his status for Game 5 remains undetermined, Conor Ryan the Boston Sports Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Look for more updates to come in the next day or so as Chara undergoes testing ahead of Thursday's Game 5 in Boston. The defenseman suffered the injury with just over three minutes left in the second period; though he returned to the team's bench in the third with a reinforced shield, he did not take the ice the entire third period after being advised by team doctors.

OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
2 months ago

Chara posted an assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

EDGE Analysis

There was concern after a block cut him on his wrist, but Chara said after the game he was fine, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. The veteran defenseman has managed a goal and three assists in 17 postseason games, transitioning mostly to a defensive role alongside Charlie McAvoy on the top pairing.

OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
2 months ago

Chara (undisclosed) will be in Boston's lineup when it takes on St. Louis in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara sat out the final game against Carolina but will be good to go Monday, having had plenty of time to rest. Despite the positive news, Chara's three points in 16 games make him easily ignorable from a fantasy standpoint.

OUTZdeno Chara
D BOS
2 months ago

Chara (undisclosed) will play in Thursday night's scrimmage without any restrictions, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara's return to practice Monday hinted that his absence from last Thursday's series-clinching win over the Hurricanes was largely precautionary. The fact that he'll suit up for simulated game action a week later in unhindered fashion means that the Bruins' captain will be out there for Monday night's Stanley Cup Finals opener against the Blues. With power-play time for Chara rare these days, he's logged a modest total of three points in 16 postseason games, but his plus-11 rating leads the league to date and his leadership is an essential element to the Bruins' team chemistry.