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Pierre McGuire explains how Zdeno Chara embraces role as mentor for young Bruins

Pierre McGuire explains how Zdeno Chara embraces role as mentor for young Bruins

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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WATCH: Bruins honor goaltender Jaroslav Halak for 500 career NHL games

WATCH: Bruins honor goaltender Jaroslav Halak for 500 career NHL games

The Boston Bruins honored Jaroslav Halak Tuesday night ahead of their matchup with the Calgary Flames at TD Garden.

Why? Because Halak is one of 74 goaltenders in NHL history to play 500 career games.

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The B's backup goaltender received plenty of praise from current and past teammates:

Halak, in his 14th NHL season, spent time with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders before joining the Bruins in 2018.  Game No. 500 came earlier this season and Halak has now totaled 518 in his career (482 starts). He is 270-167-58 with a 2.48 goals-against average,  .916 save percentage and 50 shutouts overall. 

The 34-year-old has been a solid backup for Tuukka Rask and has pushed him to play better when necessary. Halak is16-6-6 this season with a 2.42 GAA and .918 save percentage with three shutouts.

Halak's contract expires after this season, and although he's been stellar, he could possibly find a new home next season if Boston signs its free agents Torey Krug, Jake DeBrusk, Zdeno Chara, Matt Grzelcyk and others.

NHL Trade Deadline Report Cards: Which teams made the best moves?

NHL Trade Deadline Report Cards: Which teams made the best moves?

There are always winners and losers at the NHL trade deadline.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that a team is going to win a Stanley Cup, obviously, and some of the big winners at the deadline are lousy teams loading up on draft picks and assets for the future.

Still, it’s better to be moving and shaking at the trade deadline like a Carolina Hurricanes team that added Vincent Trocheck, Brady Skjei and Sami Vatanen than be a non-playoff team like the Wild that made one early Jason Zucker trade with Pittsburgh before closing their shutters for the week.

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The biggest winner of all might have been the New York Rangers in retaining Chris Kreider with a seven-year contract rather than making him the biggest trade target on the market.

But each team received a grade for what they did leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline and we didn’t mince any words.

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