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12-12-2009, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by AntonCH View Post
Just a quick question to put things in perspective in this what you done for me now world.

Does anyone recall Chara's 1st yr in Boston?
You know, the perennial Norris trophy candidate

In that first year
He wasn't a candidate for anything but a bum's rush out of town......
Look at him now!

Certain things warrant a little patience
Originally Posted by Viau View Post
Umm... this is a thread about Gomez and Umberger, neither of whom have been in the running for anything resembling a major NHL award. Chara, on the other hand, was already a 2-time post-season all star by the time he signed with Boston, and a Norris runner-up. Where did patience come into the equation with Chara at all?

"Zdeno is one of the premier defencemen in the National Hockey League and we are thrilled that he will be in a Boston uniform for the next five years," Bruins interim GM Jeff Gorton said in a release.

"He is a big reason why Ottawa allowed the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference last season and that is one area that we were committed to improving on our team."

And as "bad" as you want to suggest Chara was that first year in Boston, realize that he still received Norris votes. 3 points (1 4th place) more than Markov, in fact. The Bruins AS A TEAM missed the playoffs that year, but Chara still managed to equal his offensive output from the year before. Heck, Mara's +/- was worse than Chara's on that team with over 20 fewer games played.

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