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Zdeno Chara to miss two games, pre-break return not ruled out for Adam McQuaid 02.01.14 at 12:28 pm ET
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Claude Julien confirmed Saturday that Zdeno Chara, in addition to missing the last game before the Olympic break against the Senators next Saturday, will miss Thursday’s game against the Blues as he heads to Sochi early to carry Slovakia’s flag in the opening ceremonies.

The opening ceremonies will take place Friday, so the idea that Chara would have played Thursday night and then traveled cross-country with a six-hour time difference seemed close to impossible. As such, the news that Chara won’t play Thursday should come as no surprise. Julien said he is unsure whether Chara will travel to St. Louis with the team and then leave for Russia or stay back in Boston following Tuesday’s game against the Canucks.

Adam McQuaid, who has not played since leaving the team’s Jan. 19 game against the Blackhawks with a leg injury, continues to work out but has yet to skate. He began to bike about four days ago, estimated Julien.

“If he’s 100 percent, he’s going to go,” Julien said. “We’ve always said that; there’s no use holding a guy back if he’s 100 percent, but there’s no doubt that if he’s not quite there yet, that the next two weeks would be really useful for him. That’s what we have to decide here, but especially with Zdeno being gone the last couple of games, if he’s 100 percent, you want him in the lineup.”

Asked whether it was conceivable that McQuaid could get on the ice in the coming days and be ready for a game in short order, Julien was a bit more reserved in his expectations.

“I don’t even know if he’s going to get on the ice,” Julien admitted. “I haven’t gotten that far with him or with the trainers, I should say, but I know he’s progressing well. I don’t even want to kind of make a prediction because I don’t know.”

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Bruins playing it safe with families given threat of danger at Olympics 01.23.14 at 11:41 pm ET
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With suicide bombings striking Russia and the threat of more — three potential suicide bombers are rumored to be on the loose — leading up to the Olympics, Bruins representatives are unsure of whether they want their families there.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who will be Slovakia’s captain and flag bearer, has plans for his father, a former Olympic wrestler and coach, to go. However, he told WEEI.com Thursday that his family is still taking things (one of which is safety) into consideration.

“Not sure,” Chara said. “We’re planning. Everything is set up for him to come, but we have to still wait for a few things [and see] how it goes.”

David Krejci, who will represent the Czech Republic, does not want his mother to go, though she intends to see her son play.

‘€œI told my family not to go, but my mom wants to go so I can’€™t stop her,” Krejci said. “I would prefer if she didn’€™t go. I understand everybody who doesn’€™t want their families to go. It’€™s a scary situation. I’€™m sure the Russian president is going to take care of everything and he’€™ll make the Olympic Games safe, but we’€™ll see what happens.”

Added Krejci: ‘€œI’€™ve been reading papers and watching TV, so I know there’€™s been a lot of talk about it. I know [the United States] have sent lots of military people over there, so it’€™s going to be interesting. You kind of don’€™t know what you’€™re getting into but I’€™m sure they’€™re going to do everything they can to make it safe.’€

Claude Julien, who is on Canada’s coaching staff, faces a similar situation with his wife, who wants to go, while Julien would rather his family be safe.

“That’s still a debate right now. Not my family. If anything, it will be my wife, but that’s still under debate right now,” Julien said. “There is concern, like anybody else, but there’s concern like that everywhere else. I think it’s been exposed more because of what it represents, but it’s a decision we’ll make later.”

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Zdeno Chara thanks Bruins for their blessing to leave early for Sochi 01.17.14 at 12:57 am ET
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DALLAS – Zdeno Chara was both humbled and thankful as he discussed his role in the opening ceremonies of next month’s Sochi Olympics.

Chara was chosen to carry the Slovakian flag next month, and though it is a huge honor for the Bruins and Team Slovakia captain, it will force him to miss at least a game for the B’s, and possibly two.

The opening ceremonies are on Feb. 7, with the Bruins having games against the Blues on Feb. 6 and Senators on Feb. 8 leading up to the Olympic break. As such, Chara asked the Bruins about it prior to accepting the honor, with both Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien giving their blessing.

“Peter approved it and [he] certainly [had] my support,” Julien said. “When you look at what he’€™s done with this club, I think it’€™s an easy decision to make. You’€™re carrying your country’€™s flag at the Olympics and, and even if he misses a game, maybe two, I think that’€™s the least we can do for a guy who’€™s given us so much since he’€™s been here.”

Chara thanked the Bruins organization at length in speaking to the media after the Bruins’ 4-2 win over the Stars and said he wouldn’t have even considered leaving early if the Bruins took any issue with it.

“First of all, I would like to thank the Boston Bruins organization for making this happen, especially Mr. Jeremy Jacobs and Charlie Jacobs and obviously all of my teammates and the whole organization because they really made this all possible. I’m for sure thanking the Slovak Hockey Federation for giving me the honor. It’s something that’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and for sure I’m very humble and honored to do that.

“I think I did the right thing first asking the Boston Bruins organization if they would be OK with that. After I got the OK, basically it was kind of an easy process from there. Again, it’s something that I wouldn’t even think about selfishly to decide this without asking for permission. I’m very thankful and it’s a huge, huge honor.”

Chara said he will definitely miss the Senators game, but said he hopes to find a way to play against the Blues. Given that it’s in St. Louis and that a flight from St. Louis to Sochi is an estimated 12 1/2 hours, that might not be doable.

“We don’t know exactly the date [that I’ll be leaving],” Chara said. “For sure I’m going to miss one game, but we’re working on possibly just missing one game, the last one. We’ll see how it goes.”

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Zdeno Chara to leave Bruins early to carry Slovakia’s flag in Olympics 01.16.14 at 1:28 pm ET
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DALLAS — Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will carry Slovakia’s flag in the Olympics next month, a major honor for a player who had previously been named the captain of the team his country will send to Sochi.

The one drawback for the Bruins is that the opening ceremonies are on Feb. 7, and given that the Bruins have games on Feb. 6 (Blues) and Feb. 8 (Senators) leading up to the Olympic break, he is likely to miss two contests for the Bruins.

Claude Julien said on Thursday that he and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli gave Chara their blessing to miss some time in order for him to get to Sochi early.

“He talked to us about that, came to Peter and I and addressed it,” Julien said. “Peter approved it and [he] certainly [had] my support. When you look at what he’s done with this club, I think it’s an easy decision to make. You’re carrying your country’s flag at the Olympics and, and even if he misses a game, maybe two, I think that’s the least we can do for a guy who’s given us so much since he’s been here.”

This will be Chara’s third time competing in the Olympics.

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Zdeno Chara to lead Slovakia in Sochi Olympics 01.07.14 at 8:51 am ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will serve the same role for his country next month, as he was announced as the captain of Slovakia’s team for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Slovakia’s roster is as follows:

Goalie: Peter Budaj, Jaroslav Halak, Jan Laco

Defense: Ivan Baranka, Zdeno Chara, Dominik Granak, Martin Marincin, Andrej Meszaros, Andrej Sekera, Michal Sersen, Lubomir Visnovsky.

Forward: Milan Bartovic, Marian Gaborik, Michal Handzus, Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Kopecky, Tomas Marcinko, Michel Miklik, Peter Olvecky, Richard Panik, Tomas Surovy, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Zaborsky.

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Zdeno Chara to play Tuesday 12.31.13 at 12:41 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Islanders after missing Saturday’s game with an undisclosed injury.

While there is no word on what kept Chara out Saturday, he was able to practice Monday and took part in Tuesday’s morning skate. Afterwards, he said that he doesn’t feel the injury will limit him once he’s back on the ice.

“I wouldn’t want to go out there and be kind of a weak link,” Chara said. “I feel that I can still contribute and play my game.”

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Bruins recall Nick Johnson at 10:47 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins recalled Nick Johnson from Providence on an emergency basis Tuesday, a suggestion that Carl Soderberg might not be able to play Tuesday night against the Islanders.

All Bruins were present for Tuesday’s morning skate, including Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton and Loui Eriksson. Chara is working his way back from an undisclosed injury, while Eriksson began skating Monday.

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