By Joe Haggerty
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Zdeno Chara wasnt a presence at the teams annual golf tournament or at the State of the Bruins event on Monday a pair of season-opening events that both normally feature the 6-foot-9 Bruins captain -- and it now appears the towering defenseman may miss the opening of training camp.
Chara has left the team for a few days to return to his native Slovakia to attend the funeral services for good friend Pavol Demitra, his fellow Slovakian hockey player, who lost his life in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash last week. Chara and Demitra were neighbors in Slovakia during the offseason, and the former WildCanucks offensive star was one of the guests that attended Charas Stanley Cup party in his native country over the summer.
So the Bs captain took Demitras loss very personally and will be in Slovakia until the services that are scheduled for the weekend which is also when the Bruins camp is set to officially open on the ice.
Both Chara and his agent Matt Keator who represented the Bs Captain and Demitra -- were scheduled to fly out to Slovakia at the beginning of the week.
Hes headed back to Slovakia for Demitras funeral, confirmed Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. I think the funeral might be Saturday, so he may not be here for the start of camp.
Chiarelli said the only other player that wouldnt be in Boston for the beginning of training camp would be Yuri Alexandrov, the Russian defenseman that has been reassigned to the KHL St. Petersburg squad this season after an uneven year with the Providence Bruins in 2010-11.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.
*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.
*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.
*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.
*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.
*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.
*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.