February 9, 2018 | 1:48pm ET



Zdeno Chara, defenceman


Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is in the final year of his contract and has made it clear to the team he wants to play beyond this season.

He hopes he continues his playing career with the Bruins.

Chara, 40, is making $4 million this season, which is also his salary cap hit, after having his cap hit set just under $7 million the previous six seasons.

Both Chara and the Bruins seem to be on the same page, but neither side is rushing into a deal – that can be handled at a later date.

“We have plenty of time. There’s no rush,” Chara’s agent, Matt Keator, told the Boston Globe. “We’ve had preliminary discussions. Those are ongoing. We’ll see where it goes.

“They’ve indicated they want him here. He’s indicated he wants to be here. Now it’s about finding common ground that makes sense for both sides. Going forward, there’s no rush, because he’s still under contract until June 30.”

Chara has changed his diet this season, as the Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa wrote in his latest column, shifting to a primarily plant-based diet, which has given him more energy and a new view on how he trains.

“I can tell I’m feeling better,” Chara, who has evolved into one of the game’s top shutdown rearguards, told the Globe. “I know for a fact I’m playing with a lot more energy and I’m recovering faster.”

It’s unclear what type of contract Chara wants, but it sounds like the two sides will get into the nitty-gritty of negotiations once the Bruins’ season wraps up.

In 52 games with the Bruins so far this season, Chara has tallied five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, and 35 penalty minutes.