Rumor: Zdeno Chara to the Maple Leafs

Well, it's been awhile since we've heard Howard Berger's name in the news, but after the Toronto based reporter's latest column, it turns out he certainly has our attention. Are you ready for this one?

Zdeno Chara to the Toronto Maple Leafs, anyone?

Shock indeed, as this would be a huge surprise, and after so many years in Boston, it would be hard to imagine Chara suiting up for the team's bitter rivals. Sure, it's a touch on the curious side why Chara hasn't already signed back in Boston, but this one is quite the stretch isn't it? 

Berger believes the Leafs are interested in continuing to make moves to shake up the team, and sees Chara as a perfect fit:

Though it’s true the Leafs are looking for a cheaper alternative to Alex Kerfoot ($3.5 million against the cap) as No. 3 center — and Thornton would likely fill the role rather well for one season — I suspect that Chara would have a greater impact on the club. Why? Because he’s Zdeno freakin’ Chara! The blue line monster that has chewed on Leaf hide since 2006–07, helping Boston to three playoff–round victories over Toronto.
Of course Chara has slowed in his early 40’s; neither was he a speed–skater to begin with. But, he can still move around with guile and wisdom, providing Sheldon Keefe, even for one year, an intimidating presence on the back end. For much of the time since 1967, Toronto has been soft and permissive on defense. Jake Muzzin and Zach Bogosian afford the current team a bit of sandpaper, but neither encompasses the aura of Big Zed. I contend the Maple Leafs would march into enemy territory with an altogether different ambiance were No. 33 along for the ride. Don’t you?

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