Bruins captain Zdeno Chara signs with KHL team
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Captain Zdeno Chara has added his name to the growing list of Boston Bruins players who decided to display their stuff overseas while waiting for the lockout to end.
Chara’s agent Matt Keator said the defenseman has signed with Prague of the Kontinental Hockey League.
“Close to home in Slovakia, knows guys on the team and has played in Prague before so he is comfortable there,” Keator said.
Keator failed to disclose the details of Chara’s contract but it is expected that an opt-out clause is included where the player can terminate the deal once the NHL lockout is over.
The 35-year-old blueliner is familiar with the hockey action in Prague as he played for HC Sparta as a junior player in 1995-96.
Chara tallied a career-high 52 points last season after helping the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2010-11 with a 44-point effort.
Chara was the eighth Bruins player to join a foreign team during the lockout. Recently, Bruins No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask has agreed to play for HC Plzen of the Czech Republic.
Other Bruins players who signed overseas were Tyler Seguin (Switzerland), Dennis Seidenberg (Germany), David Krejci and Andrew Ference (Czech Republic), Anton Khudobin (Russia) and Rich Peverley (Finland).
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is still undecided whether to play overseas or just wait for the lockout to be lifted while defenseman Shawn Thornton is also planning to join a foreign team during the labor impasse.