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It’s official: Chara joins KHL’s Lev Praha

Oct 2, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

Zdeno Chara AP

The KHL scored another huge lockout signing on Tuesday — literally, huge.

According to agent Matt Keator, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is set to join HC Lev Praha, one of the KHL’s clubs based in the Czech Republic (Prague, to be specific.)

“He has friends there, and it’s within hours of his home in Slovakia,” Keator told USA Today. “[Prague] is a great hockey city.”

Chara’s signing overseas is significant given he represents an older, more veteran group — one that, up to this point, has been hesitant uprooting itself.

The 35-year-old has over 1000 games to his credit and has been a virtual ironman since the lockout, appearing in 477 of 492 regular season games.

As for Chara’s new team, Praha is in the midst of its first KHL season and armed with a number of ex-NHLers: Erik Christensen, Marcel Hossa, Michal Repik and Martin Skoula, to name a few.

Chara will be the third locked-out player to suit up for the club, joining Calgary’s Jiri Hudler and Philly’s Jakub Voracek.

  1. xjokerz - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    please post how much he signed for.. i love seeing players cry about the NHL lockout only to head to Europe and still make millions. keep crying wolf you hypocrites

  2. bekay19 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Are you Jeremy Jacobs?

  3. blomfeld - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Good Riddance !

    Hopefully this violent beanstalk signs on with “Lev Praha” to a long-term deal … and hopefully the KHL has padded stanchions in their rinks !

    • dezaruchi - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      As a guess blomfeld, I suspect you were probably one of the idiots in Montreal that felt it was OK to call 911 over a hit you saw in a hockey game. Hey, do you know how many Habs fans it takes to screw in a light bulb? It takes at least 4. One of them to screw it in at least 3 more to sit around and talk about how awesome the old light bulb used to be………

      • micklethepickle - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        As a guess, dezaruchi, I suspect you were probably one of the idiots in Boston making racist Twitter rants after Joel Ward schooled your team in the playoffs. Hey, do you know how many Bruins fans it takes to lynch a minority? At least two to draw straws for the 1000s of volunteers in Bruins gear that would come running out of the woodwork for the opportunity.

        Well what do you know, it sure is easy to make generalizations about someone based on their comments on a single hockey story! If you paid any attention to this blog, you’d know blomfeld is a die-hard Kings fan (as he reminds the rest of us ad nauseum). He’s just aware, like the rest of the league, that Chara’s hit was the closest thing to a Bertuzzi incident not perpetrated by Matt Cooke the league’s seen in years.

        And blomfeld, thanks for not posting an Elvis video with your comment :)

      • blomfeld - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        Ooops ! … sorry man :)

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