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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Bucci's Top 100: Chara 9th, Thomas 16th

By ESPNBoston.com

Thursday we posted Nos. 100-51 on John Buccigross' list of top 100 NHL players (which included Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic). On Friday it was Nos. 26-50, with Patrice Bergeron (No. 28), Tyler Seguin (No. 34) and David Krejci (No. 48) making the list.

Click HERE for Buccigross' full list, with No. 1 revealed. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara made the top 10, and goalie Tim Thomas wasn't far behind.

Writes Buccigross:
9. Zdeno Chara: Another barrier-breaker. A Slovakian is the leader, personality and torch carrier for an Original Six team in Boston. Nick Lidstrom leads with sunrise/sunset consistency and dependability; Chara with a club and two cavewomen on his arms. Like Pedro Martinez, Chara speaks more eloquently and thoughtfully in his secondary language than most in his dressing room do in their first. Big shot, big presence, block shots at important times. Invaluable come playoff time.

16. Tim Thomas: He is Dominik Hasek-dominant right now: ultracompetitive and a game-changer. I have him this high because you could see the Blackhawks, the Sharks, the Capitals and others improving their chances of winning a Cup with him in net, and others that will miss the postseason making the playoffs with him. Dude had a .940 save percentage in 25 playoff games; .940! Would I be surprised if the Bruins traded Thomas and Nathan Horton at some point to get in on the Parise/Suter mix? No.

Click HERE to read the rest of Buccigross' rankings.