Fee fi fo fum, Zdeno Chara is far from done.
|18.3||time on ice per game|
|50.2||5-on-5 shot-attempt percentage, adjusted|
|52.4||5-on-5 expected goal percentage, adjusted|
|51.5||5-on-5 goal percentage, adjusted|
About this visualization: This series of charts made by Micah Blake McCurdy of hockeyviz.com shows lots of information for the player over the season. A short description of each chart:
About this visualization: At three times during the season (end of January, end of March, and end of May), RMNB shared an open survey with fans, asking the following question for each player:
On a scale from 1 to 5, how HAPPY are you to have this player on the team?
1 means VERY UNHAPPY TO HAVE THEM ON THE TEAM
2 means UNHAPPY
3 means NEITHER HAPPY NOR UNHAPPY
4 means HAPPY
5 means VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THEM ON THE TEAM
The numbers above show the average score for the player in each survey period.
I scoured the internet for any negative takes I might have had about Zdeno Chara before he came to Washington. There were none. He was impossible to dislike.
And after a shortened season in Washington, with Chara somewhere near the end of his career, he is still impossible to dislike. I echo JP’s take here:
I’d run through a brick wall for Big Z.
— Japers’ Rink (@JapersRink) April 28, 2021
The first few weeks of Chara’s time in Washington were a bit spotty, but he hit a groove about ten games in, and he stayed solid through the end of the regular season. He played a ton of time with Nick Jensen in which they controlled quality but not volume (51.4 percent of expected goals, 48.6 percent of shot attempts). If that pair looked bad, it’s probably due to the Caps having uncharacteristic trouble finishing (6.5 percent shooting) when they were on the ice.
I think that’s a solid outing: tons of minutes eaten, a lot of them tough ones starting in the defensive zone. Mix in a couple big goals and big hits and big hugs, and that’s a world-class player.
Chara is 44 years old. If he’s done, it’ll be because he wants to be done. The guy has still got it, and I’m so happy to have had him in Caps red for a while.
Is there more gas in the tank? Could he be convinced to sign another one-year deal with the Caps, and would you want him to?
Read more: Japers Rink
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.