Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, who is traveling with the Bruins in Prague, posted an entry this morning on Boston.com's Bruins Blog announcing that the Bruins will likely announce a long-term contract extension for Zdeno Chara today. According to Zdeno Chara's agent, Matt Keator, the deal will be for 6 or 7 years and will be officially announced sometime today. Chara current contract expires at the end of the season and an additional 6 or 7 years would keep Chara in The Hub until at least the age of 40.
While, I agree that Chara is an important member of this team and I would like to see him stay in Boston, I'm not sure I would take the risk of inking such a long-term deal. Hockey is a brutal game and unless you are Mark Recchi , Brendan Shanahan, or Chris Chelios, you don't usually stick around until your 40th birthday. I will wait until I hear the real terms of this deal before I give a complete review, but the length of this deal scares me.