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December 17, 2012 | 9:51am ET
Chara keeps waiting for decision
TheFourthPeriod.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is trying to become more patient and looking to get off the emotional roller-coaster that has become the current NHL lockout.

Chara, 35, has been playing in the Czech Republic for Lev Prague of the KHL during the lockout and has been trying to keep his emotions in check as he awaits word that a new CBA to be settled between the NHL and NHLPA.

"It's at a point where I'm not getting frustrated or excited anymore. I'm just waiting for a final decision," Chara told CSSNE.com. "Every time I got excited, the next day I got frustrated when (talks) were moved back. The same thing the other way when you got different news. You stay positive and you get some good news. Then 'boom' two days later you'd get bad news.

"It's a roller coaster of emotions where you have ups and downs. I find myself in a position where I want to stay neutral and see whether it's going to get done or not."

Although the veteran blueliner has tried to remain calm during the ongoing stalemate, he has admitted that it would be hard to lose another season.

"It would be a shame. Yeah," Chara said. "You want to play. You want to do your job as a professional athlete. It's your job to perform and be an entertainer.

"But at the same time you have to know you can play under certain conditions. If those aren't met, then that job would be put in risk and it would be hard to perform. You would still do your best, but for the next generation (of players) it would be even harder and harder."

All the different emotions caused by the lockout might have affected Chara on the ice as he has just collected four goals and five assists for nine points in 20 games with Lev Prague after posting 12 goals and 40 assists for 52 points in 79 contests with the Bruins.


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