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Zdeno Chara speaks with broken jaw: "I feel fine playing. There are no limitations"

Zdeno Chara speaks with broken jaw: "I feel fine playing. There are no limitations"

ST LOUIS – After playing through the Game 5 loss with a broken jaw, 42-year-old Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke to the media on Saturday at the Enterprise Center after communicating through written answers just 48 hours earlier.

Chara said that he feels fine after playing through what’s believed to be a fractured jaw and looks like he is going to be good to go for the final couple of games in the Stanley Cup Final, starting with the do-or-die Game 6 in the Blues building. Chara won’t get the same long, extended and ultra-respectful ovation in St. Louis that he received in Boston, obviously, and now the focus goes from inspirational moment to staying alive in a do-or-die elimination game for the Black and Gold.

“I feel fine playing. Obviously, it was a quick turnaround following the last game here, but I feel fine,” said Chara. “There are no limitations, so I would play.”

Chara played 16:42 of ice time in the Game 5 loss to the Blues just a couple of days after a rocketed Vladimir Tarasenko shot rode up and broke his jaw, and sources indicated to NBCSportsBoston.com that his jaw wasn’t wired shut and that he was able to speak. The B’s captain did just that from the podium during an off-day press conference and continued to inspire marvel and disbelief from his teammates while playing through an injury that would sideline most.

“He’s our leader. He’s the toughest guy out there. He doesn’t take any days off unless it’s impossible to play,” said Tuukka Rask. “It’s an emotional lift for all of us. He’s the backbone of our defense, so it’s a great help to have him out there.”

Chara said he’s working to keep up his nutrition and his hydration while clearly not being able to eat and drink as much as he usually does, and it did appear that perhaps he was taking an IV between periods in Game 5 to stay hydrated during the game. At this point taking press conferences and getting through that first game while admittedly protecting his injured jaw at times by guarding against oncoming attackers, it’s expected that Chara will remain out on the ice for the B’s killing penalties and shutting down opponents while showing exceptional toughness at a time of year when that should be rewarded by the hockey gods.

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NHL Rumors: Did Devils GM hint at wanting to acquire a defenseman?

NHL Rumors: Did Devils GM hint at wanting to acquire a defenseman?

The Boston Bruins have been linked to New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri for a while now.

However, the Devils don't appear eager to trade their veteran top scorer at the deadline. Still, if Bruins GM Don Sweeney gives the Devils an offer they can't refuse, then Palmieri very well could suit up on David Krejci's right wing.

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What would it take to land Palmieri? Well, our Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty noted that he could be had for a first-round pick, a young cost-controlled player such as Anders Bjork, and a top-notch prospect. Devils interim GM Tom Fitzgerald had some interesting things to say regarding how his organization would approach the trade deadline.

"We've all underperformed this year. We're in this sell mode right now because of our Octobers, Novembers, Decembers and January. So, there's not one player that feels really good about what the season looks like. Underperforming is really where we're at that drove this situation," Fitzgerald said on SiriusXM's NHL Network. "Certain players, I believe, they will get better. I believe that they can find their games and get it back to where it's normal. We don't need P.K. Subban being a 25-minute-a-night guy. We need to find support for him so he can play at his best -at minutes that will allow him to do what he does well."

Did Fitzgerald just hint at the Devils wanting to acquire a defenseman at the deadline? Maybe. If so, the B's have plenty of defensemen they could send to New Jersey. For example, John Moore, at this point, has been expendable for the Bruins. Prospects such as Jakub Zboril and Urho Vaakanainen may be able to improve New Jersey's defensive situation and ease the life of Subban.

While it's just speculation, it would make some sense considering the Devils traded defenseman Andy Greene to the New York Islanders in exchange for a defensive prospect and Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for an offensive prospect and first-round pick over the weekend.

If the Bruins were to land Palmieri, the Devils would acquire some pretty solid assets in return.

Former Bruin Milan Lucic contemplated retirement after benching by Flames

Former Bruin Milan Lucic contemplated retirement after benching by Flames

Calgary Flames winger Milan Lucic isn't the player he once was with the Boston Bruins.

Lucic, traded by the Bruins to the Los Angeles Kings before the 2015-16 season, notched 50-plus point seasons with  L.A. in 2015-16 and with the Edmonton Oilers in 2016-17, but since then has seen his numbers take a turn for the worse.

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In his first season with the Flames, Lucic has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) through 59 games, and is on pace to surpass his 20-point total through 79 games with the Oilers last season. But while he's performing better than last season, the 31-year-old was benched by the Flames in November for not meeting expectations -- and he wasn't happy about it.

“The first time we played St. Louis here on a Hockey Night in Canada game, I got benched in the third period," Lucic said, according to SportsNet's Elliotte Friedman. "Nothing was said to me by anyone. I wasn’t really happy about it, and I even started questioning whether I should hang them up because it just wasn’t fun for me anymore. It had nothing to do with James Neal having success — I just think for myself it was just really hard and especially when you’re getting benched and no one is saying anything to you.”

Lucic played a major role in the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup victory, tallying 12 points (five goals, seven assists) on a line also powered by David Krejci and Nathan Horton. While some fans want to see a Krejci-Lucic reunion in Boston, it unlikely that Bruins GM Don Sweeney would be looking to add a player who can't add much to the second line for a deep run into the playoffs.