The Washington Capitals have signed a one-year contract with defense attorney Zdeno Chara for 795$ 000, Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Agree MacLellan announced today

“We are extremely excited that Zdeno has joined the Capitals organization,” said MacLellan. “We believe his experience and leadership will strengthen our blueline and our team”

Chara, 43, scored 14 points (5g, 9a) in 68 games with the Boston Bruins last season.The Slovak-born Trencin recorded a penalty time of 3:11 per game to finish 11th in the NHL Taking up place and helping the Bruins get their third-best penalty percentage last season (84) 3) Chara also finished second among Bruins defenders in blocked shots (101)

Before joining Washington, Chara was the longest-serving captain in the league, having worn the “C” for the Bruins since his first 2006/07 season in Boston, 6-foot-9 and weighing 250 pounds he is also the greatest player to ever play in the NHL Chara goes into his 23rd Career season in the NHL Among the active NHL players, Chara takes first place in plus / minus (288), time on ice (37128: 55), penalty minutes (1956), third place in games played (1553) and ninth place in shots (3271) He is one of six Bruins who have made at least 1000 games (1023), and his 481 points (148 g, 333a) ranks third among Bruins defenders in franchise history, behind Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1506) and Bobby Orr (888)

In 1553 regular season games with the Bruins, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators – the sixth most games in NHL history among defenders – Chara has 656 points (205 g, 451 a)

Chara was the 2011 Stanley Cup champion with Boston and won the Stanley Cup (Nicklas Lidstrom) as the second captain born in Europe and the first from a country behind the Iron Curtain (Czechoslovakia) Chara has scored 70 points (18g, 52a) in 195 playoff games, the ninth most playoff games by a defender in NHL history and the most among active defenders

During his 22-year NHL career, Chara received multiple individual awards. He was named the NHL’s best defender in 2008-09 with the Norris Trophy after scoring 19 goals and 31 assists in his career in 80 games with Boston his exemplary leadership on and off the ice he received the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2010/11. He was three times in the NHL First All-Star Team (2003-04, 2008-09, 2013-14) and four times in the Second All-Star Team (2005-06, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-) appointed 12) and is a six-time NHL All-Star (2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12). He was also three times the recipient of the Golden Puck for Slovak Player of the Year ( 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12)

Chara has represented his home country Slovakia several times in international matches, including three Olympic Games (2006, 2010, 2014), in which he scored a goal and five assists in 17 games. Most recently, Chara was deputy captain at the 2016 World Hockey Championship of team Europe and scored two goals in six games to move the team to second place for team Canada

Chara was originally won by the New York Islanders in the third round (56) selected for the 1996 NHL Entry Draft

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