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04-26-2013, 07:22 AM
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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.
Pretty much spot on.

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04-26-2013, 07:25 AM
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39-41... so 3-5 yrs

I can see him play as long as Jagr

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04-26-2013, 07:32 AM
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39-41... so 3-5 yrs

I can see him play as long as Jagr
Me too, he may not be able to play as effective however a Chara at 80% of what he is now, is still well above average in comparison to his peers

I`m still of the belief that Lidstrom coulda played til he was 50

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04-26-2013, 07:37 AM
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42-43 isn't unreasaonable.

Chara is a physical specimen and can be used in a variety of ways even if his overall skill declines.

He's always going to have a huge slap shot, and he isn't going to shrink so you've got to believe there will be a spot for him in the roster even later in his career.

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04-26-2013, 07:40 AM
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The guy is just so effective and well conditioned to be going anywhere anytime soon. I'm of the opinion that he'll be effective in the NHL until he's around 43 years old. After that he'll probably tail off a bit and maybe go back home to play for Bratislava in the KHL.

IMO, he'll finish his career as a top 10 defenseman of all time. Possibly even into the top 3-5.

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04-26-2013, 07:42 AM
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2-3 years at max. Damn good player but, his decline has been noticeable. Not taking away a single thing from him, some just decline quick after 35.

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04-26-2013, 07:54 AM
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Probably 2 or 3 more seasons.

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04-26-2013, 08:12 AM
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at near norris level? maybe another 2 years
as a good defenseman? another 2 years after that
as a hall gill-esque player? 1 year after that and then he retires

i'll say 4-5 years and he retires when he feels he can no longer contribute but wont go down as a botton pairing D.

he's in shape to play as long as Chelly did, and he took care of himself much earlier in his career than Chelly did so he's able to play at a higher level longer.

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04-26-2013, 08:20 AM
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why is he still considered as a Norris Trophy winner?
He still is a top dman, but this season he hasn't been Norris worthy. I dunno who is claiming he is.

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04-26-2013, 09:07 AM
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He's known to be a health freak (does not drink, etc.) and has an unbelievable training regimen. I am taking the over and think he'll remain until he's 45; big drop-off after 40, but still an NHL player.

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04-26-2013, 09:09 AM
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His size has obviously always been his biggest strength. I think he could easily play until hes about 41 or so. He doesnt really need to rely on his skating a whole lot.

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04-26-2013, 09:41 AM
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His team matters.

I'm not taking anything away from Lidstrom or Chelios, they worked hard until the end.

But I have to imagine its just a little easier finishing off your years as a top pairing, or second pairing, shut down defenseman if there is less asked of you.

If you are being relied on to run the PP still, and play physical, and 1st line minutes, then you aren't going to last. little aspects of your game will diminish slightly, you will overexert yourself.

If a team is a competetive team, and there is a talented defensive group around you, and you just have to fill in a role without carrying the team like you maybe did at 30, then you can last longer. If you are brought in to a bottom feeder team and asked to be a big part of their first attempt to make the playoffs in 5 years... then not so good for your future.

For example, I think 3 years if he played on a bottom dwelling team and 6 years on a playoff/cup contending team.

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04-26-2013, 09:57 AM
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He'll last as long as Lidstrom...

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04-26-2013, 09:58 AM
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He's already finished. 2-3 years left.

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04-26-2013, 10:45 AM
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Chara's best season of career came last year at 35.

I think his numbers will start to come down as he slowly starts to give up PP minutes tp younger more fleet of foot defenseman like Hamilton and Krug. He's in great shape, but managing his minutes is going to be important. In 2-3 years he'll be an ES and PK defenseman exclusively IMO. His value comes in his shutdown ability.

I'd say he'll last about another 6 years.

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04-26-2013, 10:52 AM
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He is under contract until 2017-2018. He's a freak but I can't see him playing after his last contract year. He can play at a high level for another 3 seasons in my opinion, barring unforeseen circumstances.

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04-26-2013, 11:33 AM
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04-26-2013, 01:30 PM
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4 years left I'd say. Should be a good defenseman right up until the end of his career IMO. As others have mentioned, he's a health freak.

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04-26-2013, 02:39 PM
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I give him 6 to be honest

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3 years.

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04-26-2013, 03:07 PM
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I'll say 50

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2 years sounds about right to me. At his age he should be slowing down and at his size back problems are likely to be creeping in.

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04-26-2013, 03:26 PM
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I think he only has 2 good years left in him. After that players will be able to skate around him, and it will only be a matter of time.

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04-26-2013, 03:32 PM
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I'll say 50

Just for the record...was that 50 minutes or 50 seconds?

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0 after the Penguins beat him into retirement in the playoffs

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