A couple of weeks ago, Toronto-based journalist Steve Simmons reported
that Zdeno Chara's career was likely headed to an end. It all made sense, he really struggled last season at the age of 45, and he has led an extraordinary career. Even still, reports have it that he is drawing interest from at least one team, which could be enough to lure him back for another season.
Arthur Staple -- New York Rangers' correspondent with The Athletic -- reports that Chara could be a potential PTO candidate for the team, as they look to reinforce their defense; affordably, anyway.
Staple writes, "[Rangers] likely still in the market for a veteran D-man to join on a tryout. Had interest in Nathan Beaulieu
, who agreed to a PTO with the Ducks on Friday. Not many options left: Thomas Hickey
, Michael Stone
, maybe even Zdeno Chara among those still out there."
Chara is a veteran of almost 1,700 NHL games, and he has a Stanley Cup. Everything the Rangers could want, he does have. He would not have to play every night, which is probably for the best, and his leadership could pay off exponentially in the Rangers' locker room. However, there is a ceiling on what you can expect from him on the ice, but New York's defense is strong enough it might not matter.
After falling in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Rangers head into '22-23 with a cup-or-bust mentality, and bolstering the defense is never a bad move. Still, it seemed as though Chara would retire just a couple weeks ago, and now he is drawing interest.