'I want to be a Boston Bruin': Chara committed to returning next season

After some questions about his future, Zdeno Chara has made it clear his intention is to return to the Boston Bruins for the 2020-21 season.

Following the Bruins' elimination by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Chara was non-committal on his future, but said he was going to keep an open mind. After taking some time to reflect, Chara on Thursday was unwavering in his desire to return for another season.

“I wouldn’t say I’m undecided, I was saying my mind was open,” Chara told reporters over a Zoom call. “Obviously, to be asked about my future just a few minutes after double-overtime loss and the way we battled and how we played that game, I was still so sad about the outcome. My emotions were kind of, perhaps, maybe poor expression at the time.

“But I think I addressed that question before we left Toronto that I feel strong physically and I’m positive in my belief that I can still play this game and contribute to the team. And I want to stay in Boston, I want to be a Boston Bruin and I want to continue to lead by example and share my experiences and my game skills with the younger players and my teammates. So that hasn’t changed. I’m committed, so we’ll see what’s gonna happen next.”

The 43-year-old appeared in 68 games last season putting up 14 points while averaging 21:01 of ice time. Chara signed a one-year $2 million deal for the 2019-20 season and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

Chara is hoping to have a meeting with Bruins management so that they can discuss a new contract.

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