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Chara will miss Bruins’ last two games before break

Feb 1, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

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After some earlier speculation, the Boston Bruins have confirmed that captain Zdeno Chara will miss two games so that he can attend the 2014 Winter Olympics’ opening ceremonies. He will carry the flag for Slovakia.

This will be a great experience for Chara, but it will also put the Bruins in a tough situation. They’ve already been playing without Dennis Seidenberg, so their defense will be a little thin during Chara’s absence.

He’ll be absent for a pair of tough contests too as Boston is set to face the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 6 before playing the division rival Ottawa Senators on Feb. 8.

The Bruins currently hold the Atlantic Division title and they hold a four-point edge on the Tampa Bay Lightning despite having played in one less contest. They’ll try to give themselves a bit more breathing room before the break, even if they’ll have to accomplish that without Chara for part of that stretch.

  1. killerpgh - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Not sure how I feel about this. It’s a huge honor for Chara to represent his home country this way, but being the Captain and having a contract to play for the Bruins mean he should be there for those 2 games. I’m guessing he asked for the Bruins permission and it would look bad if the organization said no, but I’m sure the Bruins would rather have him in the line-up. I guess since the Bruins have all but mathematically clinched a playoff spot it’s not really a big deal.

  2. slaugin - Feb 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I really don’t like it. I understand the team can’t say No to a guy like Chara that has given so much to the organization but he is a huge part of the team and losing him 2 games hurts the team.

  3. shortsxit34 - Feb 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    As a Bruins fan, I see no problem with it. The man has done so much for this organization, including bringing a Cup back to Boston. They’ve been a Cup contender for the last 5 seasons. That’s how good this team is, largely due to him.

    It’s the Olympics…it’s a huge honor to not only represent your country on the ice, but to carry the flag in the opening ceremonies. I’d rather have the 4 points for two wins, but if they’re a playoff team it shouldn’t really matter.

    • joey4id - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Although I don’t disagree with you, his job for which he is well compensated is to play for the Bruins. I too think it’s more politically correct not to deny him the right to be the flag bearer at the Olympics. I suppose if the NHL agreed to let their players represent their countries in the Olympics they need to accept whatever comes with that responsibility.

  4. pastabelly - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    I’m a Bruins fan who doesn’t like this either. However, I understand it. Z is huge is in his country and, to a nation, this probably trumps two NHL games. Keep the captain happy. He’s been a great Bruin for so many years and gets a pass. I just don’t have to like it as a Bs fan.

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