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Chara could miss two games to carry Slovakia’s flag at Olympics

Jan 16, 2014, 1:38 PM EDT

From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

The opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics are set for Feb. 7 in Sochi. The Bruins’ last two games before the break are Feb. 6 in St. Louis and Feb. 8 at home versus Ottawa.

For the Bruins, it would be hard to deny their captain the honor of carrying the flag for his country, even if the season-ending injury to Dennis Seidenberg has already put a strain on the blue line.

Chara is averaging 25:03 of ice time this season. The 36-year-old has been remarkably durable throughout his career, missing only a handful of games due to injury, despite all the hard, physical minutes he’s logged.

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  1. nhstateline - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Speaking as one of their paying customers, I have no problem with this and am happy they’re allowing Mr. Chara to do this. Without Zee, this team would have never gotten where it did. He’s been here for years and has done everything they’ve asked well and without complaining. Giving a dedicated member of the team the chance to take advantage of an honor like this is vastly more important than 4 points (2 of which they’re no so likely to get anyway: I think the Blues have been the most complete team that’s come through Boston this year with the Ducks a close second, Pittsburgh would be third). They needed to find ways to cut his minutes and this is truly a wonderful one.

    • storminator16 - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      I think this is wrong and bad for business.

      • nhstateline - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        they have to find ways for Chara to cut his minutes going into the playoffs. this isn’t a bad way to do it and it knocks a road trip off for him as well. Plus it gives them a long look at their other D pairs and who can play with who. Having guys play with Zee makes them look better than they might actually be as we’ve recently seen. Want to evaluate what you really have in order to figure out who is the right on to deal, this would be a good way to do it.

      • storminator16 - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        You cut his minutes by making him a healthy scratch. Not sure when doing so became faux pas in the NHL.

    • c9castine - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      why anybody would get upset about this i don’t know, its riduclous. its two games to carry an olympic torch of your home country. only something thats been going on for like, 35 million years.

      not surprised storminator got his panties in a bunch about it though. think they are still knotted up about pk subbans 5 minute benching.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Or since 1936, but don’t let facts get in the way.

      • c9castine - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        ?? yes how could i get that wrong dang i really thought it was 35 millions years ago.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        I’m an idiot, I thought he was in the torch relay.

      • c9castine - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        carry flag. is this where i try to make you look stupid like you did me?

  2. spitfisher - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    if this scheduled during the official Olympic break, why the nhl is out of sync with the break?

    • jpelle82 - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      there’s so many games that need to be played and losing 2 weeks of an nhl schedule is pretty significant, they couldnt afford to lose another week so they could make the ceremonies (feb 7th) when the actual hockey games dont start until the 13th. the fact the nhl allows them to go play is enough for me to not complain about it anyway, it could be worse and the players could be not going at all. i dont see why any player would want to put his teammates in a hole so he could walk around a stadium for a parade…but i guess its important to some guys.

      • dirt2013 - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        To carry the flag for one’s country is different than walking in a parade.

  3. montrealbbr - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    That’s going to be one slow procession!

    • c9castine - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      probably going to obstruct a lot of traffic. hold a lot of things up.

    • charastein - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      GOT STANCHION?

  4. c9castine - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    no need to stretch out the break for pre-games ceremonies and such for a couple players.

  5. charastein - Jan 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Chara is proud to carry flag for his homeland. Silly Montreal smurf fans should shut up and wish they had someone as worthy!

    Luckily, the worthy candidate, Patrice Bergeron, doesn’t play for the blue, blanc, et MERDE.

  6. benrob99 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Those punks from Singapore better watch their backs. Odds are 5-1 that Chara tries to slash somebody with the flag.

  7. nhstateline - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    As for the incident in Montreal. That was a design flaw. If Chara really wanted to go after Max Pacioretty, he would have just fought him. That would be one of those fights where Chara would get to punch downhill.

    The same thing happened in another game on the same night in Pittsburgh and nothing happened to the player who was run into the modern designed stanchion they have in the Pens building and the player walked away. It took one day after the Bruins saw that to change it in the Garden. Montreal could have done the same thing Pittsburgh had done but because they didn’t this happened (the Bruins hadn’t done it either until they saw these two incidents).

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