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Bruins Captain Chara's Contract Negotiations Delayed

The extended Ilya Kovalchuk-NHL drama prevented the Boston Bruins and captain Zdeno Chara from hashing out a new contract.

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As reported by NESN.com's Doulgas Flynn on Tuesday, the veteran defenseman and the Bruins hope that the resolution between the NHL and NHL Player's Association reached last week will clear a path for contract talks to begin:

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"Obviously the investigations to set the new rule between the NHL and the NHLPA about long-term contracts kind of put everything on pause, so we'll see," said Chara. "Now, at least, both sides know what the rules are, and obviously going into the new CBA it's going to be very important to have these rules already set."

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Chara is heading into the last year of his five-year contract with the Bruins. He played through a serious left hand injury last year, but plans on participating in training camp, which starts for veterans on Friday, September 17th.