In the early 2000's, Ottawa was a force in the NHL and had the 3 best defenceman in Redden, Phillips, and Chara. Chara was a beast for us because he was 8 feet tall and he had abs that you could wash clothes on. But why did Chara leave Ottawa? Some will tell you that they couldn't afford both Chara and Redden and some will tell you he never really even left Ottawa. But there is a more sinister reason behind all of this. A reason that hasn't been shared.....until today.
The date: May 20, 2006. The Senators had just been swept hardcore by the Buffalo Sabres. This was a disaster as Ottawa was favoured to win the cup that year. The disappointment ran deep amoung management and the players. Even Jacques Martin was heartbroken and he wasn't even on the team anymore. But they decided to throw a end of year party regardless. John Muckler was the gracious host and they even had a bouncy castle set up. As the players started to show up, John Muckler noticed Chara walk in, and guess what? He was wearing the same pants that John Muckler was wearing. Specifically tight snake skin pants.
Muckler approached Chara and said "Hey Big Z.....what's going on here?". Chara confused says "What do you mean Johnny?". Muckler, now getting angry yells "YOU KNOW DAMN WELL WHAT I MEAN." Chara was a gasped. He had never been talked to like that in his life, not even by his casual friend Steven. "Listen Johnny, maybe it's best if I just go home. You're clearly upset and frustrated." And then Muckler removed his glasses and said "TAKE OFF YOUR FUCKING PANTS ZDENO". Chara looked down at his pants and then looked at Muckler's pants, and he realized his mistake, but before he could get a word out, he was on the ground. Muckler had straight brass knuckled him. "I TOLD YOU ZDENO, I TOLD YOU".
Chara, now tearing up, says "I loved you like a father. Why? Why did you do this to me? I've made up my mind. I am taking my services to Boston, where I will captain the team to a Stanley Cup and have an illustrious career. I could have been yours forever. But you've ruined it".
John Muckler fell to his knees and stared into the sky, and as if speaking directly to god, he yells "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO"