The Washington Capitals traded Jonas Siegenthaler to the New Jersey Devils in April for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. The deal was surprising. Siegenthaler, 24, was signed to an affordable contract ($800k) and remained under team control for several more seasons. In a cap-strapped world, those are two valuable things. Siegs was also coming off a 2019-20 season where he played in almost every game (65 of 69) and was a penalty-kill specialist. He seemed to be a part of the team’s future.
A week after the Devils’ season ended, Siegenthaler got honest about the trade during an Instagram Live interview with Olivier Borer. It appears he asked for a trade.
Norris Trophy-winning Zdeno Chara pondered retirement during the 2020 offseason, but opted to leave the Boston Bruins and sign with the Washington Capitals after a secret meeting with Peter Laviolette in Longboat Key and getting “an opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up on.” Chara, who was in search of his second Stanley Cup, found the signing with Washington “a good fit for me and my family.”
Chara was fantastic and durable in a third-pairing role for the Capitals, skating with Nick Jensen and playing in 55 of 56 games. Chara, the tallest player in NHL history, scored 10 points (2g, 8a) and was a penalty-kill specialist. He became the fifth defenseman in NHL history to play in 1,600 games in April.
Ultimately, Chara’s dream of lifting the Stanley Cup again ended in the first round of the 2021 playoffs when his former teammates from Boston eliminated Washington in five games. It was the third consecutive season the Caps had been first-rounded since winning a championship in 2018.
Zdeno Chara was named the Capitals’ Masterton Trophy nominee on Monday. The award is given out annually to the NHL player who shows the most perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
“Those two words, I don’t think that you can use two better words to describe (Zdeno Chara) [the] player or [the] person than dedication and perseverance,” Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said. “I think that it’s a terrific choice for the Masterton and somebody’s that’s well-deserving.”
Laviolette was then asked for an “example, anecdote, or a behind-the-scenes tale” that perfectly described the future Hall of Fame defenseman. Laviolette decided to share a story that gave background behind how the Capitals inked Chara on December 30 to a one-year contract. Zee’s signing with Washington was one of the biggest surprises of the NHL’s offseason.
The anecdote involves a barrier island on the gulf coast of Florida that is known for its crystal clear water.
The Washington chapter of the PHWA* announced on Monday that it nominated Zdeno Chara as the Capitals’ representative for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The award is given out annually to the NHL player who shows the most perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
Chara, 44, is playing in his 23rd season in the NHL.
Garrett Pilon, 23, has spent the last three seasons with the Hershey Bears. Saturday, the Capitals’ 2016 third-round pick will realize a dream he had as a kid.
Pilon will make his debut against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday night. The Capitals recalled Pilon from the Hershey Bears around 5 PM and sent down Daniel Carr.
John Carlson was unable to suit up against the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday due to a lower-body injury. With the team’s captain, Alex Ovechkin, already out, the Capitals debuted a new leadership team out on the ice.
Future Hall of Famer Zdeno Chara was named an alternate captain for the first time with the Capitals. Chara joined Nicklas Backstrom and TJ Oshie as the other alternates.
Chara, at 44 years and 40 days old, became the oldest player in NHL history to receive a fighting major.
New York Islanders forward JG Pageau is generously listed as 5’10” and 180 pounds on his NHL.com profile page.
Pageau looked every inch of it during a late third-period fracas he instigated with Zdeno Chara and Tom Wilson, two of the tallest players in the league, during the New York Islanders’ 1-0 loss at Capital One Arena.
Trying to get his team going, Pageau started mouthing off and getting into the two Capitals’ faces. It did not end well.
Ultimate Capitals teammate Zdeno Chara just morphed into The Incredible Hulk to defend Michael Raffl after a very bad hit by Matt Martin.
Raffl, who had his back turned, was knocked headfirst into the boards by the Islanders forward and laid on the ice in pain.
A furious Chara dropped his gloves with Martin and in the words of Joe Beninati “rained rights” onto the veteran’s face.
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