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By reducing Zdeno Chara’s responsibilities, Bruins coach Claude Julien will show more trust in Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid, two of his other defense-first defensemen. That should pay off in the long run.
But it will also allow Chara to train his sights on one specific task: preventing opponents from scoring.
“If he plays a little less, he’s going to give us more,” Julien said. “That’s the small adjustment. That doesn’t mean he’s going from 24 minutes to 19. There’s certainly going to be games where you’re going to see him get as much ice time. But we’re certainly going to keep an eye on that.”