Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, a 22-year veteran in the NHL with 14 seasons in Boston, commended Tom Brady on Sunday via Instagram, lauding Brady's years of success with the Patriots and how much it meant to New England fans.

"It's with sadness and joy I find myself reflecting on the news of my friend and sports legend @TomBrady moving on from the @Patriots," Chara wrote on Instagram.

Chara, 43, shared a photo of him with Brady, 42, who won six Super Bowls in his 20-year tenure with the Patriots before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.