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Off The Record: Could Tampa Chase Chara? NHLPA Wants 82

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Boston Bruins NHL Free Agent Zdeno Chara

News around the NHL, and locally with Boston Bruins news, has been grinding down to a halt lately as we all await to see the election results and if the world ends by Wednesday! Welcome to the first official national version of Off the Record, which is a national column appearing on all National Hockey Now sites from San Jose to Boston and all points in between. We will focus on behind-the-scenes league chatter on the NHL free-agent market, trade gossip, and anything else insiders are willing to share.

Of course, the main reason for a leaguewide stalemate is a flattened salary cap and the uncertainty surrounding the 2021 NHL regular season. Last week, one insider shared his belief that pensive owners will begin spending when fans are cleared to return. However, while big-name free agent signings and NHL trades have slowed down, there’s still plenty of chatter, and that’s what you’ll find here in another edition of NHN Off The Record!

Could the Champs Chase Chara?

Could the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning put a knife into the Boston Bruins’ heart and add Zdeno Chara to an already stacked left side of their blue line? An NHL source has told Boston Hockey Now that current league chatter says the Boston Bruins and their captain since the 2006-07 season, have been unable to find common ground on a new contract.

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With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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