Report: Blues express interest in Zdeno Chara


Could Zdeno Chara be on the move to the team that deprived him his most recent chance at a second Stanley Cup?

According to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, the St. Louis Blues have expressed interest in signing the former captain of the Boston Bruins to shore up a weakness on their roster.

Chara, the NHL's oldest player in each of the last two seasons, spent the 2020-21 campaign with the Washington Capitals after a 14-year career in Boston that saw him win the Stanley Cup in 2011 before losing in the Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and the Blues in 2019.

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St. Louis lost defenseman Vince Dunn to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft and made a failed run at free agent Ryan Suter, who signed with the Dallas Stars.

But Rutherford noted that it remains a "long shot" that the tallest player in NHL history will sign with the Blues, as Chara hasn't decided on where -- or if -- he'll play in 2021-22. Rutherford also said that Chara's family, which still lives in Boston, remains his top priority, making a signing with an Eastern Conference team more likely.

If Chara joined the Blues, he would be reunited with former Bruins teammate Torey Krug, who St. Louis signed to a seven-year, $45.5 million contract last offseason.

Chara tallied 10 points (two goals and eight assists) in 55 games for the Capitals last season. He averaged 18:19 of ice time per game, which was his lowest mark since 1998-99 -- his second season in the league.