New contract helps Sens avoid arbitration
Chara, who was paid $2.4 million last season, will make $4.6 million in 2004-05 and $4.9 million in 2005-06. An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Chara was runner-up to the Devils' Scott Niedermayer for the Norris Trophy last season after scoring a career-high 16 goals and recording 41 points.
He was acquired from the Islanders before the 2001 season, with Bill Muckalt and the second overall draft pick, for Alexei Yashin. He was the Islanders' third-round pick, 56th overall, in the 1996 entry draft.
Chara will play for Slovakia in the World Cup of Hockey, Aug. 30-Sept. 14.
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