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Islanders Sign Zdeno Chara to One-Year Deal

The New York Islanders have signed veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year free agent contract.

Zdeno Chara will not be sitting out this coming season. He will not be returning to the Washington Capitals or going back to the Boston Bruins. Instead, Chara will be heading back to the NHL club where his career first started and has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Islanders.

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Financials of the deal have not yet been disclosed but Chara is coming off a deal that paid $795K with another $730K in bonuses. It is expected he’ll make something similar this season. ESPN’s Kevin Weekes broke the story and the Islanders confirmed the news on Saturday afternoon posting an official article saying they’d come to terms with the veteran defenseman.

Chara, 44, began his career with the Islanders in 1997-98. He played four seasons with the team before getting traded to Ottawa in 2001. The Islanders have seen a ton of ups and downs in that time frame Chara has been away, but they are now a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. If Chara plays this season as his last, he’s given himself a pretty good chance of getting another long playoff run on his resume.

Zdeno Chara signs with New York Islanders

Chara played 55 of 56 games for Washington last season, recording two goals and 10 points. He’s not going to be a big minute-muncher for the Islanders but he should provide depth and leadership in a reduced role for the team. Chara spent 14 years with the Boston Bruins, winning a Stanley Cup and a Norris Trophy during that time.

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