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Zdeno Chara signs with Capitals after lengthy career with Bruins

The long-time Bruins defenseman and captain is joining a rival after Boston decided to move on.

Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins plays the puck against the Washington Capitals during the first period in an Eastern Conference Round Robin game during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff at Scotiabank Arena on August 09, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

The hockey world got a bit of a shock on Wednesday with word that defenseman Zdeno Chara is leaving his long-time home. The long-time Boston Bruins captain has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals for $795,000. Chara is coming off a season in which he scored five goals and dished out nine assists.

The Caps announced the news and Chara posted a thank you note to Bruins fans. Chara had been a Bruins captain dating back to the 2006-07 season. However, as Chara noted on Instagram, the Bruins had decided they were moving forward with younger players. It’s the way of the sports world, but it doesn’t make it any less notable given how high profile Chara has been with the Bruins.