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The Story Behind Zdeno Chara’s Boston Bruins Exit | BHN+

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No matter how things ended with the Boston Bruins, nobody can take Zdeno Chara’s Hall of Fame legacy as a champion, leader and elite competitor away from him.

That’s kind of the point after 14 very distinguished seasons in Boston where Big Zee wrangled five Norris Trophy finalist nominations, led the Bruins to three Stanley Cup Finals including the 2011 championship, played in five All-Star Games where he became the NHL’s Hardest Shot king and led the B’s to the playoffs in 11 of his 14 seasons in Boston.

So why then did it all have to end with this week’s resolution that saw the 43-year-old Chara sign a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Washington Capitals?

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Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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