Fans Dissapointed, Zdeno Chara Leaving Boston Bruins After 14 Seasons

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — After 14 seasons and a Stanley Cup win, Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara is leaving Boston to play for the Washington Capitals.

Chara said in an Instagram post, the team is going in a younger direction. Fans affectionally call Chara "Big Z' and although he is saying goodbye to Boston, both Chara and fans say they will always have their memories.

Fans like John Cotter say he is disappointed Big Z is leaving, and he appreciates everything that Chara has done for the team, which includes helping win the Stanley Cup back in 2011.

"It sounds like the Bruins are going in a different direction, but we'll always love him here, he was the captain," Cotter said.

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He adds, he would have loved to see Chara retire as a Bruin. "I think this will probably be his last year, so it's kind of weird he finishes it up with the Capitals, but I wish him the best. I mean like I said he brought us a Stanley Cup," Cotter said.

Overall, fans in Boston are wishing Chara the best, after all the Stanley Cup hadn't been back in Boston for four decades. Cotter called that win a big thrill for the city of Boston.

One fan saying this morning, "you do want better, younger players on the team but at the same time, you need to be true to the guys who got you where they are."

Chara signed a one-year deal with the Capitals.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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