The NHL season may be over for Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, but that doesn't mean the defensemen will be resting during the offseason. Beginning May 4th, Chara will suit up for his home country Slovakia in theInternational Ice Hockey Federarion (IIHF) World Championships.
Though the Bruins were initially apprehensive given the broken nose Chara suffered during the playoffs, Chara was insistent on playing.
It was an easy decision for me, said Chara. "In my heart I feel I made the right decision. Im fully committed to play hard for Slovakia.
The IIHF will mark the ninth time Chara has suited up for Slovakia in international play, including two Olympics.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.
*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.
*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.
*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.
*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.
*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres
*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.