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04-25-2013, 10:40 PM
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How Long Does Chara Last?

He is 36 years old, how many years left in the big guy? 4? 5?

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maybe four

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HE keeps going and going and going...

Seriously, probably 5 or so years. His play is starting to decline a little right now, just a question of the skating slowing down. He'll still be an excellent defensive stalwart for years to come.

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Depends if he wants to play himself into retirement or leave while he still has a bit left.

My best guess is 4 years

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Hes a big dude so you would think not much longer. However he is in incredible shape and continues to push his body even at his old age. I wouldnt be surprised to see him play to 40-41 years old

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Im surprised he lasted as long as he has. Athletes his height usually do not hold up and is statistically playing past his due. His conditioning must be insane.

He can go past 40, but eventually he'll have to adjust his game/minutes. Play more of a hall gill type game.

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Realistically? 4-5 years

He is a freak of nature though, and his training regiment is out of this world, fellow Slovaks Gabby and Hossa had to stop doing activities with him because he never gives it a rest climbing mountains and ****. I could see him play well in to his 40s. He wouldn't be the superstar he is now, but he could probably be more than solid for another 7-8 years.

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Realistically? 4-5 years

He is a freak of nature though, and his training regiment is out of this world, fellow Slovaks Gabby and Hossa had to stop doing activities with him because he never gives it a rest climbing mountains and ****. I could see him play well in to his 40s. He wouldn't be the superstar he is now, but he could probably be more than solid for another 7-8 years.
This. I think he will actually drop out of his superstar status sooner than later. He hasn't looked great this season, but that may be a result of the schedule. Hopefully he finally drops out of #1 dman status by the time Hamilton takes over that title. I could definitely see him playing on a 2nd pairing for a long time to come if he wanted though.

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Realistically? 4-5 years

He is a freak of nature though, and his training regiment is out of this world, fellow Slovaks Gabby and Hossa had to stop doing activities with him because he never gives it a rest climbing mountains and ****. I could see him play well in to his 40s. He wouldn't be the superstar he is now, but he could probably be more than solid for another 7-8 years.
I would tend to agree with this, 3 or 4 top pairing years left then maybe still a shutdown use full top 4ish type of guy if he wants.

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At least 4 years, probably longer if he wants to.

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That was a joke. I'm guessing.

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i think 2 more years

at most 3

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he's possibly the best all-round athlete in the league. He rides the tour de france for fun in the summer.

I see Z lasting into his 40's easily. 5+ years without hesitation.

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I think it may come down to how long can his ankle/knees/hips can stand up to his 260 lb frame? You put that type of body on skate blades for long enough and it will start to break down. He does practice great conditioning and training but his joints will start to slow down.

On a completely off topic note, I would like to see less and less Chara type players(6'8+). I think they just add too the likelihood of accidental on ice death.

Total downer, I know.

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On a completely off topic note, I would like to see less and less Chara type players(6'8+). I think they just add too the likelihood of accidental on ice death.

Total downer, I know.
That IS off topic. How many on-ice deaths have ever happened in the NHL, and how many of those have resulted from 6'8+ players?

I think that Chara has been consistent in GP enough to show that his body is holding up well to the rigors of hockey. He'll last physically to his 40s, and it'll be up to him and his ability concerning how far into the 40s he'll play.

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If he is still enjoying it and ages well, with no real issues or injuries, then I would say well into early forties.

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He hasn't looked great this season, but that may be a result of the schedule.
why is he still considered as a Norris Trophy winner?

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why is he still considered as a Norris Trophy winner?
reputation

he still is one of the best dmen in the league

but not the Norris winner of even a candidate

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Dunno, he's probably one of the fittest players in the league imo, I think he can go for awhile. His work ethic is extreme off the ice, could this slow him down eventually, possibly.

We have one of our freaks in Montreal as far as fitness. Patches is a huge freak too. Sometimes his work ethic in the gym doesn't translate to the ice though

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why is he still considered as a Norris Trophy winner?
I am not sure even Jack Edwards thinks Chara is a norris winner this year, and that is even against pretty weak competition. He has not looked like old self, but i would not be worried since its partial season with abnormally tough schedule.

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He'll be Hal Gill in 2-3 years, and after that he will probably last another 2 years. I'm guessing he will play until he's about 40

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He is 36 years old, how many years left in the big guy? 4? 5?
With proper TOI management, easily 3-4 years, and with Hamilton being groomed, and the system they play, the B`s will be ok transitioning when Chara is nearing done.

You can never replace Z so his presence will be missed when that time comes. Let`s not forget, this is a guy who climbs Mount Kilimanjaro as a hobby in the off season, fitness will not be the issue.

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