Welcome to D.C., Big Z! Capitals Players React to Signing of Zdeno Chara

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It was the signing no one saw coming. On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals announced they signed unrestricted free-agent defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year contract worth $795,000. Following the news, a few Capitals players tweeted they are looking forward to going to battle with Chara instead of against him.

“Looking forward to not doing this anymore! At least not in games,” forward T.J. Oshie said this evening, adding, “Welcome to DC Big Z!!!” Forward Tom Wilson replied to Oshie’s tweet, “What he said.”

Chara took offense to the hit Wilson made on him during the December 11, 2019, game when the Capitals hosted the Bruins. Wilson and Chara dropped the gloves in this heavyweight fight.

Later on, fellow defenseman Brenden Dillon expressed his excitement for Chara sporting a red Capitals sweater not too long from now.

Capitals legend and fellow Slovakian Peter Bondra offered-up Big Z accommodations. The two were teammates for the National team for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Whether Chara will join the lineup is still to be determined as the team has three left-handed defensemen (Dillon, Dmitry Orlov, and Jonas Siegenthaler) all projected to be on the roster. Nearly 20 teams (two-thirds of the NHL) recently called Chara’s agent to inquire about his availability, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli.

After spending 14 seasons with the club, Chara will return to TD Garden as a member of the Capitals when they clash with the Bruins on Wednesday, March 3 – the third of eight matchups in the realigned divisions and the first trip of the 56-game regular season to Boston.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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