If Zdeno Chara continues his Hall of Fame career this season, the defenseman apparently wants to stay on the east coast.
According to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, the St. Louis Blues have expressed interest in signing Chara but have been told he wants to stay closer to his family who will remain in Boston.
Chara, 44, spent 14 seasons with the Bruins before playing for the Washington Capitals last season.
There have been reports the Panthers could have interest in Chara although that has not been verified.
Last year, Chara played in 55 games for the Capitals scoring two goals with 10 points.
Chara’s season came to an end in the playoffs as Washington was knocked out of the first round by his former Boston teammates.
After the season, he was non-committal about returning for another season and seemingly said goodbye to the Capitals in a thankful Instagram post.
Florida seems to have its top six defensemen spots filled with Aaron Ekblad, MacKenzie Weegar, Gus Forsling, Brandon Montour, Radko Gudas and Markus Nutivaara under contract.
The seventh spot on the opening night roster is up for grabs with the likes of Noah Juulsen, Matt Kiersted, Kevin Connauton, Lucas Carlson and Chase Priskie competing for it.
Panthers fans: Any interest in bringing Chara down south? Yea or nay in the comment section.
FLORIDA PANTHERS LINKS
Speaking of the Florida roster, if you missed my breakdown of who I think makes the team for the Oct. 14 opener against the Penguins, you can check it out here. (FHN)
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AROUND THE NHL
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— Anthony Mantha’s sister is a referee who is preparing to work the 2021 IIHF Women’s Hockey Worlds. (WHN)
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