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Capitals Sign Defenseman Zdeno Chara


The #Washington #Capitals have agreed to terms with defenseman #Zdeno #Chara on a one-year, $795,000 contract, senior vice president and general manager #Brian #MacLellan announced today.

“#We are extremely pleased to have #Zdeno join the #Capitals organization,” said #MacLellan. “#We feel his experience and leadership will strengthen our blueline and our team.”

#Chara, 43, recorded 14 points (5g, 9a) in 68 games with the #Boston #Bruins last season. The #Trencin, #Slovakia, native registered 3:11 of penalty kill time per game to rank 11th in the NHL and help the #Bruins to the third best penalty kill percentage last season (84.3). #Chara also finished second among #Bruins defensemen in blocked shots (101).

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#Prior to joining #Washington, #Chara was the longest-tenured captain in the league, having worn the “C” for the #Bruins since his first season in #Boston in 2006-07. #Standing 6-foot-9 and weighing 250 pounds, he is also the tallest player to ever play in the NHL. #Chara is entering his 23rd career season in the NHL. #Among active NHL players, #Chara ranks first in plus/minus (+288), time on ice (37,128:55), penalty minutes (1,956), third in games played (1,553) and ninth in shots (3,271). #He is one of six #Bruins to appear in at least 1,000 games (1,023), and his 481 points (148g, 333a) rank third among #Bruins defensemen in franchise history, behind #Hall of #Famers #Ray #Bourque (1,506) and #Bobby #Orr (888).

#In 1,553 career regular season games with the #Bruins, #New #York #Islanders and #Ottawa #Senators – the sixth-most games in NHL history among defensemen – #Chara has 656 points (205g, 451a).

A #Stanley #Cup champion with #Boston in 2011, #Chara became the second #European-born captain to win the #Stanley #Cup (#Nicklas #Lidstrom) and the first from a country behind the #Iron #Curtain (#Czechoslovakia). #Chara has recorded 70 points (18g, 52a) in 195 playoff games, the ninth-most playoff games by a defenseman in NHL history and the most among active defensemen.

#Over his 22-year NHL career, #Chara has received several individual accolades. #He was awarded the #Norris #Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 2008-09 after recording a career-high 19 goals and 31 assists in 80 games with #Boston. #He was the recipient of the #Mark #Messier #Leadership #Award in 2010-11 for his exemplary leadership both on and off the ice. #He was named to the NHL #First #All-Star #Team three times (2003-04, 2008-09, 2013-14), the #Second #All-Star #Team four times (2005-06, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12) and is a six-time NHL #All-Star (2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12). #He was also the recipient of the #Golden #Puck as #Slovakia’s #Player of the #Year three times (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12).

#Chara has represented his home country of #Slovakia in international play on several occasions, including three #Olympics (2006, 2010, 2014), in which he has scored one goal and five assists in 17 games. #Most recently, #Chara served as alternate captain for #Team #Europe at the 2016 #World #Cup of #Hockey, notching two goals in six games to help lead the team to a second-place finish to #Team #Canada.

#Chara was originally selected by the #New #York #Islanders in the third round (56th overall) of the 1996 NHL #Entry #Draft.

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