Chara wants off the lockout’s emotional roller coaster


Zdeno Chara is through with the emotional ride the lockout is taking him on.

Joe Haggerty of spoke with the Bruins captain about how he’s faring abroad during the work stoppage and when asked about what he makes of the current situation, he said he can’t wait for things to get figured out.

“It’s at a point where I’m not getting frustrated or excited anymore. I’m just waiting for a final decision,” said a matter of fact Chara. “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.”

Safe to say the mindset he’s in is similar to what many fans, media, and other players are having right now when it comes to this whole mess. As it is, Chara is keeping busy himself playing for HC Lev Praha in the KHL, but it’s clear he’d rather be back in Boston intimidating NHL opponents instead.

Report: Jakub Voracek bolts for Czech team in KHL


Philly’s Jakub Voracek will be calling the KHL home during the lockout.

According to contributor Bill Meltzer, the Flyers scoring winger will be signing on with HC Lev Praha in the Czech Republic. A Czech website also confirms Voracek’s destination with the Prague-based team.

Earlier in the day, Praha landed Calgary winger Jiri Hudler and they’ve also reportedly signed fellow new Flames teammate Roman Cervenka and St. Louis center Vladimir Sobotka. Cervenka played in the KHL the past two seasons with Avangard Omsk.

We’ve seen plenty of KHL defections already thanks to the lockout and at this rate there won’t be many players left to go around. After all, the KHL has a limit on the number of NHL players a team can bring aboard.

Voracek finished last season with the Flyers scoring a career-high 18 goals and finishing with 49 points.