Bruins won’t ask Chara to waive no-trade clause

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While the Boston Bruins are reportedly open to trading veterans Dennis Seidenberg and Loui Eriksson, the team will not ask captain Zdeno Chara to waive his no-trade clause, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

With the Bruins struggling to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, there are many questions surrounding the future of the franchise and Chara’s name had recently been brought up in trade speculation.

Chara, 38, has been with the Bruins since 2006 and has three more years remaining on his current contract. He won the Norris Trophy with the team in 2009 and a Stanley Cup in 2011. Although he is struggling this season with just 15 points and an even plus/minus rating in 39 games, the 6-foot-9 blueliner has 358 points and a plus-140 rating in 641 career games with the Bruins.

Head coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli might be made scapegoats in the off-season should the Bruins miss the playoffs, but until further notice Chara will remain in Boston.