Boston fans, look away. 24 seasons and he's coming home. The Bruins Captain, Stanley Cup Champion, and tallest NHL player ever is returning to the Island. It's full circle for the Slovakian, as he was drafted 56th overall by the Islanders back in 1997.
Chára spent four seasons with the Islanders org., earning his reputation as a reliable-hard hitting defender. He became that tough guy. Physically intimidating, and a punishing hitter. Over his career, Chára has played 1,608 NHL games, recording 666 points (207 goals, 459 assists). Adding that kind of experience to a team that's gone back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals is just what the doctor ordered. Serving as the Bruins captain for 14 years, his leadership is perfect for Barzal and Co. His postseason clutchness is prime for the Isles. Chara has recorded 70 points (18 goals, 52 assists) in 200 career playoff games, the most games played among active defensemen.
Notable Islanders denier and House Hockey Analyst, Chris Hanold, had this to say.
"Good deal. He hasn't been good in a long time, but if he's in vet minimum, good deal. He's a good locker room presence for the younger guys, low-risk high reward."
I am all for this. He may be old, but his pedigree and wisdom will be so beneficial. Let's get this man a ring at the new UBS Arena. In Lou We Trust. It's coming home...