IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
4 weeks ago

Chara (knee) is specifically dealing with a left MCL injury and he'll be checked out again in four weeks, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

The towering blueliner reportedly could be shelved for up to six weeks, so don't be surprised if he gets placed on injured reserve. Boston's really hurting on the blue line, with four of its defenders on IR and two more trending in that direction.

IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
4 weeks ago

Chara is reportedly in line to miss four-to-six weeks due to a left knee injury, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

With three goals and four points to go along with 14 PIM in 18 games to date, Chara's fantasy value these days is modest, but the 41-year-old's leadership and shut-down ability are key to the Bruins' blue line corps. Moreover, the team is also dealing with injuries to Charlie McAvoy (concussion), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Kevan Miller (hand), John Moore (lower body) and Urho Vaakanainen (concussion). All of that has led to the recent NHL introduction of rookies Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton. Back in September, Boston's perceived surplus of NHL-caliber defensemen led to the trade of rugged Adam McQuaid, but now the B's must weather at least a month without the veteran anchor of their blue line and hope that others are able to return to action sooner rather than later.

IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
4 weeks ago

Chara (lower body) will return to Boston to be re-evaluated by team doctors.

EDGE Analysis

The severity of Chara's lower-body injury remains a mystery but considering he's been sent home, one can safely assume that Chara will miss the next three games, all of which are road contests. Expect the team to provide more details in the coming days.

IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
4 weeks ago

Chara left Wednesday's game against the Avalanche with a lower-body injury and did not return.

EDGE Analysis

There's no official designation beyond "lower body" at the moment, but there is some speculation that it may be a knee injury. The 41-year-old defenseman is not a major offensive force anymore. He had only 24 points last season, and he essentially doesn't play on the power play any longer. That all being said, coming into this matchup he had averaged 22:27 per game in ice time, so if he's out, the Bruins will have quite a few minutes to fill. Jakub Zboril may be the man to get the call.

IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
1 month ago

Chara threw three shots on goal during a 4-1 win over the Golden Knights on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Although still a useful defender at 41 years-old, Chara's points will be few and far between. Shots and blocks come easily for the big man, but considering his point totals have decreased for the past three seasons he should not be close to being anyone's main option in fantasy.

IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
2 months ago

Chara scored two goals Thursday in a 3-0 win over the Flyers.

EDGE Analysis

Chara hadn't put up a point in his six previous games, but he was dominant Thursday. He delivered four PIM, five shots and laid two hits. Chara is 41 and clearly slower than today's game. But he plays such a smart game that he might deliver another 25 points this year.

IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
2 months ago

Chara spent over 23 minutes on the ice during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings in overtime.

EDGE Analysis

With Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller out with injuries, Chara and Brandon Carlo were tasked with matching up against the Canuck's top offensive threats. Tallying 23:13 in ice time and adding two blocks, Chara managed to keep the Canuck's top two lines off the scoresheet. Without much offense of their own, however, Vancouver scored three minutes into overtime as the Bruins dropped their third straight game.

IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
2 months ago

Chara watched a lot of Capitals goals at ice level on Wednesday, ending the game as a minus-2 and logging 4:48 on a penalty kill unit that saw the Capitals convert four of six.

EDGE Analysis

Chara and Brandon Carlo were the two defenders charged with controlling the Capitals' potent power play, as they were the only two blueliners to see more than 2:30 shorthanded. The 41-year-old managed to block two shots and add two hits but could not slow down Washington's skaters as they cruised to a 7-0 win on Wednesday. Last season Chara led the Bruins defenders in plus-minus with a plus 22 over 73 games.

IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
4 months ago

Chara (finger/shoulder) is expected back fully healthy in time for training camp, Conor Ryan of MassLive reports

EDGE Analysis

Chara, 41, is not the dominant force he once was but remains a valuable leader in the Bruins dressing room and is still capable of logging heavy minutes -- he averaged just under 23 minutes of ice time in 2017-18. Barring injury, he'll continue to get plenty of chances to produce in all situations in 2018-19.

IRZdeno Chara
D BOS
7 months ago

Chara revealed Wednesday that he suffered a fractured right index finger in Game 2 of the Bruins' first-round playoff series against the Maple Leafs, plus he played through a shoulder injury over the last eight weeks, Joe McDonald of the Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara's injuries didn't prevent him from logging key minutes during the Bruins' postseason run, but the blueliner's finger issue, coupled with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder didn't help his cause. Chara believes that he won't need surgery to address his finger issue, noting that it should heal up in about six weeks. Meanwhile, offseason rest and management should allow his shoulder woes to abate. The 41-year-old should thus be good to go in time for next season's training camp. Though Chara has lost a step at this stage of his career and is no longer a power-play mainstay, the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder remains a strong shut-down defender, as evidenced by the plus-22 mark he logged through 73 games regular season games, while notching seven goals and 24 points.