Zdeno Chara will return in 2019-20 with Bruins: 3 takeaways from captain’s new deal

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The longest-tenured captain in the NHL will be back for another season, as the Bruins announced Saturday morning that Zdeno Chara has been signed to a one-year contract extension for the 2019-20 campaign.

The contract is worth $2 million, while the veteran defenseman can collect another $1.75 million in performance-based incentives. The 42-year-old blue liner signed a one-year extension with Boston back in March 2018, with a cap hit of up to $6.75 million.

Despite missing 19 games earlier this year due to an MCL injury, Chara has continued to serve as a top-pairing presence on Boston’s blue line — averaging 20:59 of TOI while tallying four goals and 11 points over 55 games.

Here are three takeaways from Chara’s new deal: