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Chara suffers undisclosed issue, won’t return on Thursday

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BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 18: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Buffalo Sabres on October 18, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Update: The latest rumor is that Zdeno Chara’s issue is knee-related and that he could miss four-to-six weeks.

It’s unclear what is bothering Zdeno Chara, but it’s bad enough to end his Thursday night early. The Boston Bruins announced that he won’t return to tonight’s game against the New York Islanders, yet they didn’t even indicate which half of his body has been damaged.

The precise moment of injury is unclear. Perhaps the best guess is that Chara ended up getting the worst from his big hit on Islanders star John Tavares.

Here’s video of the collision:

Of course, it could be any number of other factors. At 37, Chara’s in that age range where injuries become more common, even for noted workout warriors like himself.

With such little information available, it might not even be a traditional “injury,” as the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin notes.

On a night when Bruins fans warmly embraced former defenseman Johnny Boychuk, his absence may seem that much more glaring.

The Bruins weren’t offering any updates after tonight’s 3-2 loss to the Islanders:

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