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Zdeno Chara could 'barely talk' on Bruins' bench after face injury

Zdeno Chara could 'barely talk' on Bruins' bench after face injury

It looked for a moment like Zdeno Chara would make a triumphant return.

The Boston Bruins defenseman took a puck to the face in the second period of Monday night's Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues that sent him bloodied to the dressing room. But Chara was back on the bench to start the third period wearing a new "fishbowl" visor to protect his face.

The Bruins captain never took the ice, however, and with good reason. Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo admitted after Boston's 4-2 loss that Chara couldn't really speak as a result of his injury.

"Obviously his mouth has some blood and I don't know what's going on in there, but he can barely talk and he's out there supporting us," Carlo said.

Bruins forward Sean Kuraly confirmed as much in his postgame diary for NHL.com.

"I think it is tough for Zee to speak right now, that was the biggest thing," Kuraly wrote. "He didn't have to say a word, he was there for us, supporting us anyway."

Verbal communication on the ice is essential, especially for defensemen, so Chara would have been a liability if he indeed couldn't talk. But Carlo and his teammates still got a boost from just having the 6-foot-9 defenseman back on the bench.

"His leadership is on another level, especially during this final round that I've seen," Carlo added. "He's always there for us, he's been great communicating and just wants to be there to support us."

"It's unbelievable to see him out there supporting everyone," forward Marcus Johansson added. "It means a lot."

The Bruins have two days off before Thursday's Game 5, and with the Stanley Cup Final knotted at 2-2, they're hoping Chara can get healthy enough to both speak and play in a pivotal contest at TD Garden.

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NHL rumors: Bruins reportedly interested in Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon

NHL rumors: Bruins reportedly interested in Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon

As the Bruins look to bolster their blue line, they are interested in trading for San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Dillon is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and LeBrun notes that he's "going to be dealt" by the Sharks.

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Here's what LeBrun said about a possible Dillon-to-Boston deal:

He’s a No. 4 for some teams, a No. 5 for others. I can tell you half a dozen teams so far have shown interest – including, I’m told, the Boston Bruins. Obviously a rugged defensive-defenceman in Brenden Dillon would be a nice fit there in Boston.

Dillon, 29, has one goal and 11 assists playing on the Sharks' top defensive pairing alongside Brent Burns. He carries a $3,270,000 cap hit, but will become a UFA after the season.

The Bruins have struggled to find their physical game throughout the season. Our Bruins insider Joe Haggerty notes that Dillon would add exactly what Boston needs -- "physicality and snarl" to the blue line.

San Jose, sixth in the Pacific Division with 48 points, has a plus-38 advantage in shot attempts, a plus-15 in shots on goal and a plus-16 in scoring chances in 5-on-5 play when Dillon is on the ice, according to Haggerty. At that rate, Dillon could be worth pursuing if he came at the right price for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.

Haggerty says that if Dillon can be had for strictly draft picks, then he's worth snagging. LeBrun noted that Dillon could be had for a second-round pick and possibly a prospect, likely an ideal price range for Sweeney.

While Boston could add defense, they'll also need to address their second-line right-wing situation. Adding Dillon and a legit winger for David Krejci's line could be a tall order for Sweeney ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline. 

 

What career would Bruins have chosen if they weren't hockey players?

What career would Bruins have chosen if they weren't hockey players?

If members of the Boston Bruins didn't make it as professional hockey players, then what would they have done instead?

Well, the players themselves gave some insight into that alternate realm, and Zdeno Chara's back-up career path, in particular, is awesome.

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Defenseman John Moore could see Chara as a politician because of "how cerebral and professional he is," according to The Athletic's Joe McDonald. On the other hand, the captain does have his real estate license, so Brandon Carlo believes he would be a real estate agent.

It's pretty hard to believe that no one pictured Chara as a basketball player. The nearly seven-foot tall big man could've been just what the Boston Celtics needed -- we're kidding of course.

Brad Marchand and Kevan Miller's alternate reality couldn't be any more opposite than Chara's. Both Danton Heinen and Sean Kuraly noted that the pair would either have a hunting show or become hunters in general.

And as for Tuukka Rask? Well, Joakim Nordstrom believes the B's netminder would become a musician of some sort. After all, he did receive an awesome Metallica drum set in honor of his 500th NHL game.

Although they could've done any number of things, we're pretty glad they decided to sport black and gold sweaters.