The NHL free agent market opens on Friday, Oct. 9.
In recent years, the Carolina Hurricanes have been reaping the benefits of a well-oiled draft machine, one that’s contributed to the team’s ascension from decade-long cellar dweller to playoff regular. Not every draft pick has lived up to expectations, but that’s standard in a league that drafts over 200 players every year yet only has 700-some players on active rosters at any given time. But not all draft classes are created equal.
Zdeno Chara has 22 years of NHL experience and has spent the past 14 seasons with the Boston Bruins. What's next for the 43-year-old defenseman? At this early point in the offseason, even he may not know.