Zdeno Chara considering retirement after Bruins eliminated from playoffs
Zdeno Chara is considering retirement now that his Boston Bruins have been eliminated from the playoffs.
The Bruins lost Game 5 of their second-round playoff series with the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in two overtimes on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The loss puts Chara’s future in focus. The 43-year-old said in April he wasn’t planning to retire, but his contract is up, and he has a decision to make.
The Bruins captain said he has not yet made a decision, but he is considering possibilities.
Chara: "I haven't made a decision" on whether he will return. "I'm going to be open-minded."
— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) September 1, 2020
NBC announcer Doc Emrick raised the possibility of Chara’s retirement during the handshake line.
— #StanleyCup Playoffs on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 1, 2020
Chara has been with the Bruins since 2006 and helped them win a Stanley Cup.