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Thursday, January 7, 2010
Hossa, Chara renew acquaintances

By Matt Kalman

BOSTON -- The Chicago Blackhawks are in town to face the Bruins in a Thursday night Original Six showdown. That means it's another chance for Bruins fans at TD Garden to see superstar forward Marian Hossa in yet another sweater that's not black and gold.


Hossa previously has come to Boston wearing the uniforms of Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Detroit. He has been an unrestricted free agent the last two summers. The rumors were often rampant that a reunion of Slovakian friends would occur in Boston between Hossa and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. However, those rumors never became reality, and now Hossa has pretty much put his roots down in Chicago after signing a 12-year deal.


"It's really hard to talk about something that only he knows what happened," Chara said after the Bruins' morning skate at TD Garden. "[Two years ago], I know he made the decision based on wanting to win [with Detroit]. And I think that maybe he had enough and wanted to really settle down and just go for one team and get some security in the contract. Maybe Chicago was one of those teams that gave him the best choice."


With Hossa and the Red Wings playing all the way through Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals last June, Chara didn't want to bother his buddy and didn't get a chance to pitch the idea of signing with Boston before the opening of the free agent market July 1. And by then it was too late because Hossa settled on the Blackhawks on that first day.

"[Me and Chara] go way back. We have a good time and I have a really good time with him, but sometimes in the business things go in opposite ways," Hossa said after the Blackhawks' skate. "I had the first offer and I took it and I didn't talk to the other teams."