Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe:
It has been a month since Zdeno Chara tossed his hockey gear in his car outside his downtown condo, drove by the Garden, and just kept motoring all the way to Washington. A new life, a new team awaited.
Just business. Hockey business. In the end, that’s what it was, as it is so often. The proud Slovak defenseman remained convinced he could be a key component for a Stanley Cup contender, and the Bruins respectfully told him he could stay here, albeit in a handyman’s role for a team committed to its own new beginnings.
“I love them as my brothers,” Chara said early Friday afternoon, reflecting on his time here and how it will feel Saturday night in Washington to face ex-teammates for the first time. “We have something that’s very deep and goes far back, and I’ll obviously cherish those memories, those great celebrations we had, winning the Stanley Cup.