Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is among the friendliest professional athletes in Boston, so it was a bit odd to see just how much he didn’t want to indulge the media Thursday morning upon the team’s acquisition of his former Ottawa teammate and countryman Andrej Meszaros.
Chara was very short when asked about the team picking up Meszaros, a Slovak defenseman with whom he has played in both Ottawa and the Olympics.
After his session with the media was over, Chara was back to his normal self, politely explaining he would rather the media find out what they want to know about Meszaros from Meszaros directly.
Following is the transcript of Chara’s session Wednesday:
Q: What can you tell us about –
A: Nothing. Ask him.
A: What do you want to know?
Q: Your relationship with him, what he brings to the table. Anything. What’ve you got to say?
A: Ask him. He’s going to be the best guy to ask all those things. You should know. You watch hockey.
Q: I know how much he weighs, how tall he is, where he’s played and everything.
A: Do you watch [his] games, too?
A: So you should know those things.
Q: Is it good to have another Slovak on the team?
A: I don’t look at it that way. I look at it as it’s nice to have more depth on the team. That being said, he’s a Slovak. Obviously it’s nice to have a countryman, but don’t look at it what nationality guys are. I just like to have more depth on the team. For sure he brings that dimension.
Q: So you’re glad he’s here.
A: I think I’ve answered, no?
Q: What do you remember about Meszaros in Ottawa?
A: I think he broke into the league when he was in Ottawa. We had some good chemistry and we used to play together on national teams, but he’s just a normal guy. He’s nothing that’s different than anyone else. He’s just a good guy, works hard, is a physical guy. Strong guy, plays the game that way.
Q: Were you whispering in Peter [Chiarelli]‘s ear to get him?
Q: Rough couple of years with injuries for Meszaros. When you saw him in Sochi, is he still the player?
A: I’m not talking about injuries. We can’t talk about injuries. That’s one thing, and another thing is, when I saw him in Sochi, what was the question?
Q: How did he look? Is he still a good NHL guy?
A: I’m not there to judge anybody’s performance. I’m here to play a game and so is everybody else, so I’m not going to be judging anybody else’s performance. As a team, we didn’t perform well. You saw the results. We ended up being 11th.
Q: Do you feel good about the depth?
A: Well we need that. We lost Dennis [Seidenberg] early on, and right now Adam [McQuaid] is on hold. For sure, we need some depth. I guess it was no secret that’s what we were looking for in the last few weeks or months.