According to NESN, Zdeno Chara has re-signed with the Bruins for 7 more years worth a total of $45.5 million. His annual cap hit will be $6.5 million per season. The contract will end when Chara is 41 years old.
Re-signing Chara was obviously a priority of Chiarelli’s list, however the length of the contract may make this deal a bad one in the long run. Chara is the leader of this defense but will he really be able to preform at the same level when he’s 39, 40, or 41 years old? Probably not. Only time will tell if this deal works out in favor of the Bruins. Right now, starting next season is $6.5 million a bargain for Chara? Absolutely. However, as the league brings in younger and faster players over the years will Chara still be that top notch shutdown defenseman? His skating isn’t the greatest to begin with, in seven years there’s obviously going to be more of a drop off.
UPDATE: According to capgeek, here is a breakdown of Chara’s salary and cap hits.
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