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Chara (upper-body) is practicing for the second straight day.

Chara skated on his own for over one week, but has been on the ice with his teammates for the last two days. He filtered in on the Bruins’ second PP unit, which is a good sign that he is nearing game action. Monitor his status leading up to the Bruins’ season opener tomorrow.

Source: Joe Haggerty 10/7/15, 6:34 am EST

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Chara (upper-body) skated again on Friday; remains day-to-day with no timetable for return.

Chara has been out for over a week and has yet to join the Bruins for full practice yet. The Bruins are already without Dennis Seidenberg and they traded Dougie Hamilton, so they can’t afford to have Chara miss anytime at all. However, given his progress to this point, it seems unlikely that he will be ready for the season opener.

Source: Joe Haggerty 10/2/15, 8:27 am EST

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Chara (upper-body) skated on his own on Monday.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury last Thursday, but returned to the ice this morning. He was unable to join his team for full practice, but he did skate by himself which is an encouraging sign for Bruins’ fans and Chara owners. He is progressing towards and appearance in the Bruins’ season opener, but continue to monitor his status throughout the next week.

Source: Joe Haggerty 09/28/15, 9:41 am EST

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Chara left Thursday’s preseason game with an upper-body injury and did not return.

The Bruins blueline is starting to fall apart before the season even arrives. It was already looking relatively thin after the Dougie Hamilton trade, but then Dennis Seidenberg had back surgery and Chara has gone down. There is no word on the severity of Chara’s injury, but the Bruins can not afford to lose their big defenseman for any period of time.

Source: Zack Cox 09/25/15, 7:34 am EST

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Chara has a permanently torn PCL in his left knee.

Chara said that his PCL is permanently torn, but it is something that he won’t need surgery on. His knee is stabilized and healed, but it will be something that he will need to play through for the remainder of his career. It was obvious that Chara was slowed this season and now you know why.

Source: Joe Haggerty 04/14/15, 6:42 am EST

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The Bruins have activated Zdeno Chara (knee) from IR; expected to play Thursday.

It looks like Chara will return to the lineup tonight after missing exactly seven weeks with a sprained MCL. Chara will play on the top pair with Dougie Hamilton and is expected to be the net-front presence on the top power-play unit. His return is huge for a Bruins team who went 11-7-1 without their captain.

Source: Steve Conroy 12/11/14, 10:01 am EST

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Chara (knee) is eying a return on December 11th.

Chara, who suffered a PCL tear in his left knee against the New York Islanders back on October 24th, will not join the Boston Bruins on their four-game west coast trip that begins Monday night in Anaheim. Chara, who has been skating on his own over the last few days, will continue to skate in Boston. By the time the Bruins come home from the west coast, the Bruins captain could very well rejoin his teammates as a full participant in practice.

Source: Tim Rosenthal 11/30/14, 7:54 am EST

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Chara (knee) could be back in 10-14 days.

Chara resumed skating on Monday and is back on the ice this morning. He has been sidelined with a PCL tear since October 23rd, but it sounds like he is nearing a return. “Usually, when they start skating, it’s at the earliest at 10 days (and) at the latest two weeks when he’s been out that long,” GM Peter Chiarelli said. The Bruins have gone 9-4-1 in Chara’s absence.

Source: Mike Cole 11/26/14, 5:34 am EST

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Chara will miss 4-6 weeks with a PCL tear; no surgery.

The Bruins confirmed this morning that Chara suffered a PCL tear when he went to hit John Tavares last night. They also added that the 4-6 week timeline is a "conservative" timetable and he might be back "a little bit earlier than four weeks" said GM Peter Chiarelli. It will be a tough month without Chara, but this was the best possible news.

Source: DJ Bean 10/24/14, 7:38 am EST

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Chara (knee) expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Chara suffered left knee ligament damage on Thursday night and will miss at least one month, at which time the Bruins will evaluate Chara's knee and determine if he needs surgery or not. This is a massive loss for the Bruins, who are already without Kevan Miller and who traded Johnny Boychuk in the preseason. Expect Zach Trotman to be recalled and for Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton to take on a larger power-play roles.

Source: Aaron Ward 10/24/14, 5:06 am EST

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Chara fractured a finger against the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will need surgery.

The timing of the injury is uncertain. Chara was slashed by the Canadiens' Michael Bournival in Game 3 and Max Pacioretty in Game 7, among other hits. Chara looked out of sorts in game seven specifically, but it is hard to believe that can be largely attributed to a finger injury. Chara had two goals and two assists for the Bruins in the playoffs after scoring 17 goals with 23 assists and a plus-25 mark in the regular season.

Source: ESPN Boston 05/16/14, 5:07 am EST

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Chara will not be available for the next two games as he heads to serve as the flag bearer for Slovakia at the opening ceremony.

Claude Julien’s bunch will have to find a way to make up for the 25:57 average ice time that Chara logs every night. The B’s recently recalled David Warsofsky from Providence, and he’ll be back in the lineup for the next two games. He’s obviously not being called upon to replace Chara, as every player will need to chip in and pick up his game.

Source: Mike Cole 02/5/14, 7:34 am EST

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