Zdeno Chara may be on the tail end of his career, but his presence on the Bruins remains an integral part of the team's success.
NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined the latest Michael Holley Podcast and explained just how important the 42-year-old B's captain is to the team and how he's embraced his role as a mentor to the young guns.
"He's adapted to his role," McGuire said. "Less minutes, better performance. He's been a tremendous mentor for those young defensemen. That's where I think he's really grown a lot. I think he really relishes being a mentor.
"So I see the development of, you know, Charlie McAvoy, I see the development of Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo. I watched them today in practice. At the end of practice, it's just he and Brandon Carlo. I wish I could've heard the conversation, but Carlo was listening and Zdeno was talking. And it was really good because it was eyeball to eyeball, and Carlo's one of the few Bruins that can actually look him in the eye without having to look up. So it was pretty neat, and so I really think he relishes the role of being a mentor."
Chara looks to take home his second Stanley Cup after leading the Bruins to their 2011 title.
Listen to Holley's full conversation with McGuire below (McGuire on Chara begins at the 8:13 mark):
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