BOSTON – Zdeno Chara announced his retirement after playing 21 seasons in the NHL and captaining the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011.
The 6ft 9in Slovakian defender calls it a career at age 45. He returned to TD Garden in Boston to make this announcement two years after parting ways with the Bruins after 14 seasons.
Chara won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 2009 and has also played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, and Washington Capitals. Known more for his ability not to score a puck than to score one, Chara still scored 237 goals and added 523 assists for 750 points in 1,880 regular season and playoff games.
His 1,680 regular season games played is a record for a defenseman. He is a candidate for the Hockey Hall of Fame not only for his consistency, but also for his authority in the game from Slovakia to North America.
Chara became the second European captain to win the Cup, after Swede Niklas LidstrÃ¶m of Detroit. He was one of the faces of the Bruins’ winning era that also included Finals appearances in 2013 and 2019, the latter of which he finished with a broken jaw.
Drafted by the Islanders in the third round in 1996, he spent his first four seasons on Long Island before being traded to the Senators. Boston, who signed him in 2006, remains one of the most influential free agent signings in the 17 years of the NHL salary cap era.
Chara played five of his six All-Star games with the Bruins and was one of the city’s most popular athletes at the time. He left in 2020 when the team didn’t guarantee him a permanent job for the entire season, so he signed a one-year contract with Washington before ending his playing career with the Islanders.
DENVER – Colorado Avalanche Get Ready Nathan McKinnon the highest paid player in the NHL’s salary cap era.
McKinnon, who turned 27 earlier this month, signed an eight-year, $100.8 million contract, according to a person familiar with the situation. The man spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the terms of the contract.
His new $12.6 million salary cap, which takes effect at the start of the 2023/24 season, surpasses Connor McDavid$12.5 million, the highest in the league. McDavid’s eight-year, $100 million deal with the Edmonton Oilers, signed in 2017, set the previous record for the highest annual limit since the system went live in 2005.
The only richer deals than McKinnon’s in the capitalization era are: Alexey Ovechkin13-year, $124 million contract with Washington. Shea Weber14-year contract with Nashville for $110 million and Sidney Crosby12-year, $104.4 million contract with Pittsburgh. The collective bargaining agreement has since limited contract duration to eight years for players re-signing their team and seven years for free agents.
McKinnon has agreed to a deal with a training camp that is about to begin. It was a short offseason for McKinnon and the Avalanche after they won their first Stanley Cup title since 2001.
The sharp and fast-skating center led the league with 13 playoff goals. It was the second most in a single playoff series in franchise history, trailing only 18 goals by Hall of Famer Joe Sakic in 1996 (when Colorado won its first Cup).
McKinnon, the top pick in the 2013 draft, has been a Hart Trophy finalist in three of the last five seasons (17-18, 18-19, 20-21). He has 242 career goals and 406 assists, more than anyone in his draft class.
“Obviously Nathan is one of the best players in the NHL, so a long-term extension is what we wanted to do before the start of the season,” Avalanche general manager Chris McFarland said in a statement regarding the extension. âHe has that rare combination of speed and power with a high competitive level that makes him a player of a generation. We are very pleased that he will remain a member of this team and this community for many years to come.â
For years, McKinnon was known as the lowest paid player in hockey, a title he really disliked. Now he has another one – the owner of the Stanley Cup.
“Denver is the only place I want to be, that’s for sure,” McKinnon said recently in Henderson, Nevada, during a pre-season player media tour.
McDavid believes he has been surpassed as the highest paid player, “I think it’s good for hockey to keep raising the bar.”
âBut at the end of the day, the pay cap system is a weird system where the more money you make, the less money someone else can make,â McDavid added. âIt’s kind of a strange system. Will always give and take.”
With days before training camp opens, the St. Louis Blues have a hole to fill in the blue line.
Defender Marco Scandella He is expected to miss most of the upcoming NHL season due to right hip surgery. He was injured during an off-season practice at the end of August and will be re-examined six months later.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the timing of Scandella’s absence. The first ice classes in the camp are scheduled for the opening of the season on October 15th.
Scandella’s injury is yet another change in a position that has undergone an almost complete overhaul since St. Louis won the Stanley Cup in 2019. Colton Paraiko and veteran grinder Robert Bortuzzo left over from the group that now includes Torey Krug as well as Justin Faulk in prominent roles.
The 32-year-old Scandella is expected to be placed on long-term injury reserve, which will ease the Blues’ $3.275 million salary cap. Nikko Mikkola was already set to take on a full-time role at age 26, and it wasn’t immediately clear if Armstrong could bring in another veteran to compete for a spot on the roster.
Injury could give 24-year-old prospect a chance Scott Perunovich, who played in 26 NHL games last season. Perunovich, who won the Hobey Baker Award as the best college hockey player in the country in the 2019-2020 season in Minnesota-Duluth, impressed teammates during his first year as a professional, especially during powerplay.
“He moves the puck at the right moment,” the striker said. Robert Thomas, who signed an eight-year, $65 million contract this summer. âHe is smart. I think the biggest thing I’ve noticed for a guy who just came into the league is that he’s so patient and calm, especially when he’s hitting the puck. He loves to skate. He likes to make a quick first pass and yes, I think he has a lot of potential.”
Scandella joined the Blues in a trade from the Canadiens before the 2020 deadline. He played in 755 games for Minnesota, Buffalo, Montreal, and St. Louis.
Defender In PC Sub announced his retirement from the NHL after 13 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils.
The 33-year-old former Norris Trophy winner shared the news on social media.
Subban of Toronto scored 115 goals and 467 points in 824 regular season games. No. 43 in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, he scored 62 (18 goals, 44 assists) in 96 postseason games. The bright blue liner won the Norris Trophy in 2013 with the Canadiens.
Subban, who was an unrestricted free agent this summer, has worked in television in the past and hinted at new opportunities in his retirement post.
âI never looked at myself and never felt like âjust a hockey player,â he wrote. âI have always looked at myself as a person who happened to play hockey.
âThis look has allowed me to enjoy every shift like it was my last, celebrate every goal with emotion and play every game like someone paid to watch me who had never seen me play before. “.
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Flyers Center Sean Couturier suffered an undisclosed injury and will be re-evaluated during training camp. It counts as a week. The Flyers did not say when Couturier was injured.
In February, Couturier underwent back surgery and missed the remainder of the season. In 2021, he signed an eight-year, $62 million contract and finished the season with 17 points in 29 games.
The Flyers hired John Tortorella in what is expected to be a recovery year offseason. The Flyers finished last season with a record of 25-46-11 under Alain Vigneault and Mike Yeoh and were last in the Capital Division.