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Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera has signed a two-year extension, keeping him in D.C. through 2015-16. Chimera will make $2 million per season beginning next year– a $275k raise over his current contract.

The Ice Cheetah has had a strong start to the season, scoring 11 points in 16 games after managing just 14 points in 47 games in 2013. Chimera had a four-game goal streak last week while playing with Joel Ward and Mikhail Grabovski on the third line.

This is a classic George McPhee move: a two-year deal for a guy he likes and a term he likes. But Chimera will turn 35 in May, so will this deal be worth it in the end? Let us know in the comments below.

From the Capitals:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 8, 2013

Capitals Re-sign Jason Chimera

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Jason Chimera to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Chimera will earn $2.0 million per year from 2014-15 through the 2015-16 season.

Chimera, 34, has recorded 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 16 games this season. The Edmonton, Alberta, native was named the NHL’s “Third Star” for the week ending Nov. 3 after posting a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) on Nov. 1 against Philadelphia and recording a career-long four game goal streak (10/24-11/1: four goals, five assists). Chimera has registered 107 points (45 goals, 62 assists) and 251 penalty minutes in 265 career games with Washington.

The 6’3”, 216-pound forward has played in 726 career regular-season games with Edmonton, Columbus and Washington, recording 279 points (126 goals, 153 assists) and 716 penalty minutes. In 43 career playoff games, Chimera has tallied 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists), four game-winning goals and 16 penalty minutes.

Chimera was a fifth-round draft pick (121st overall) by Edmonton in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired from Columbus in exchange for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina on Dec. 28, 2009.

Chimera will be available to the media following Washington’s morning skate tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. MST at Jobing.com Arena.

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  • Troy

    Great signing because I love rocketboots, but I think it’s a terrible decision to keep him he’s just plugging up the lines mix with another non-scorer. Unless 20 goal JC shows up again this is a mistake.

  • Freedoooom

    To make himself worth $2m, he has to score 20 goals?

  • Freedoooom

    The question is what does this mean for Kuznetsov?

    Everyone should agree, this should mean Laich is done in Washington, but its George F’ing McPhee, he’ll probably trade Kuznetsov.

  • Can you explain to me how this impacts Kuznetsov in the slightest, especially with Grabovski — sigh — leaving next season.

  • JH

    His speed is an asset, even if his scoring is mediocre. He has a lot of other intangibles like grit, work ethic, and veteran locker-room presence on what is still a relatively young team. I think it’s a fair price. I presume he is still tradeable, so the comment about impact on Kuzya doesn’t really make sense to me.

  • JH

    And Kuzya is not a replacement for Grabo. We’ll have a gap at Center next year. But let’s not think about that right now…..

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    worth it just so i can wear an ice cheetah t-shirt.

  • dylan wheatley

    Good value, good term. I like it.

  • dylan wheatley

    It doesn’t at all, this dude is a hardcore troll. And he isn’t even funny about it ugh. smdh

  • Backstrom, Johansson, Fehr, Laich, Latta, Beagle, Erat can all — apparently — play center somewhere in this line-up. I think we’ll be okay if Kuzya plays wing.

  • Freedoooom

    Uhhh because with Kuznetsov that is 5 left wings. All Erat or Laich playing center does is put Johansson back to wing.

  • Freedoooom

    Yep, I’m a troll.

    The optimistic troll all last year and this year.

    Nothing optimistic about Laich though, he ruins every line he is on last night he was extremely awkward on board battles, while Brouwer and MoJo were good.

  • Ceelo

    I don’t foresee him being separated from Joel Ward anytime soon and together those two make an extremely strong third line combo. If he can put up 10-12 goals each year that would make me happy. Overall I think the deal makes sense.

  • Mitchell Brown

    I don’t Laich your attitude, brooks is a better winger along the boards than Marcus “Hands of root vegetable” Johansson. brooks has been getting better and better every game, he will come around.

  • Matt

    Except there will be 2 center spots open next year for two LWs to play there.

  • DJ Jones

    I saw this coming. Chimer playing good right now so GMGM had to extend him, he does it with everyone else. So now going forward the lines are exactly the same as they have been for the past 3 years, and that success has led them where in the playoffs? When Kuz comes, what does that do then? Oates will say we have a log-jam of players and someone has to sit. To me this really means for the long run, Fehr will be the odd man out, scratch and hell maybe not even with the team next season, can’t judge or extend him from 4th line minutes to nacho box. Good for Chimer getting a deal but way too soon, GMGM loves him now but what will he produce down the stretch?

  • Daniel Walker

    Chimmer is the man. I love his speed. I like the value. The question still remains……Latta, Schmidt, Orly, Urbom, Kuzy the Inigma…. how are we getting all these guys in under the Cap next season?

  • Pat Magee

    He’s always been awesome. Fan favorite, and a locker room presence. Hopefully he retires a cap!

  • Fedor

    Cap isn’t a problem because they’re all gonna make around one million bucks per if you exclude bonuses. How do you get them all playing time is the bigger question. We need to fit three young LDs and Karl Alzner is going nowhere.

  • johnnymorte

    I’ll take this move, he has been good in the playoffs, no question. That’s the type of player we need. If we should move one player, it should be Brouwer. We can probably get the best assets for him now being that he had tremendous puck luck last year. We need to move Wilson up and start developing this kid. He has tremendous potential and he is physically ready.

  • bskillet

    Good deal, that line is a great fit and has anyone else noticed Schmidt is playing incredible for his lack of experience?

  • Matt Root

    I think the value fits. Chimera was someone I thought would be trade bait (guess he could be with his current value) but 2mill is a good price tag for him and I’m happy he’s staying put.

    I am curious to see what happens with one of the ugly contracts, however. Brouwer or Laich seem to be the most likely of those contracts to go. I think Erat and Wardo prove their worth when they are given the opportunity to play. And honestly, Wardo has be absolute money on the PK. Log-jam of forwards right now, so I think something has to give.

    Also, I know Peter will disagree and bring logic and reason to smash my dreams of Grabo being re-signed but NANANANA NOT LISTENING PETER

  • dylan wheatley

    laichs alright he’s been huge on the pk this year

  • Matt Root

    I agree Dylan but I don’t think he’s been $4.5 million good. Just my two cents.

  • Matt Root

    I think I’d prefer Kuzya on the wing since, correct me if I’m wrong, he isn’t the strongest in the dot. At least that is what comes to mind from previous critiques of Kuzya

  • dylan wheatley

    definitely not, but you gotta bear in mind that the capitals aren’t just a hockey team, they’re a brand. laich is a popular player in washington, and if he in any way fills seats at vc, leonsis (and by extension mcphee) is gonna be happy with it.

  • Matt Root

    Hard to separate the team and brand as a fan at times, but you’re absolutely correct. Ted hasn’t been shy about his goal of selling tickets is numero uno.

  • I gotta disagree with you there. Ted’s views about owning the team are pretty complex. He’s certainly interested in making it a profitable venture, but if all he wanted were money, he’d be in a different business. The Caps by most accounts are barely out of the red– if at all.

  • yv

    It means 20 players are already under contracts for the next season. Then, there are Grabo, Kuzya?, 4 RFAs from the current roster. A lot of guys would be traded, not excluding Chimmy. It could happen sooner than later, since GMGM has mentioned before that he likes to make trades before trade deadline craziness

  • dylan wheatley

    you don’t feel that there at least a partial bias towards the caps as a brand? i’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad thing, but why else do you sign ovi and nicky to back loaded 12 year contracts and give laich 4.5 a year?

  • I don’t know if incredible is the word. It’s hard to describe how well he’s played so far. Sometimes he’s a mess in the defensive zone, but then he has these little flashes where you’re like — this is a talented guy. Last night he had three keeps at the blue line on one play, he sprung Wilson with a beautiful pass from the defensive zone on another. He has his moments. I think he needs more seasoning in Hershey though.

  • Matt Root

    Outside perspective that also has a frustrated bias is where my opinion of Ted comes in. You’ve been involved way more within the Caps than I will ever be, Peter, so I have no problem defering to you on this. To clarify, I meant Ted appears to have no problem selling out VC and having the team make the playoffs even if they continue to come up short. This thought process of mine is, again, underlined with simple frustration of my favorite team coming up short despite talent and then not doing much to build on. If that’s how you interpreted my post, then I’ll still defer to your knowledge. Just wanted to clarify. 🙂

  • “toot toot” – Ian, upon his own horn

  • Dave

    While we’re talking salary cap and roster…

    It seems like the Caps are forward-rich and goalie-rich and defenseman-poor.

    Anyone have an opinion for whether it is possible and/or makes sense to try to trade some combination of Nuevy and one or two borderline top 6 forwards for a dependable, top-4 *defensive* defenseman? I like having a competent backup goalie, but is his contract relatively big for a backup goalie?

  • Matt Root

    You’re money on referencing old articles. At least I didn’t comment on that one and then forget entirely that RMNB posted about Kuzya’s faceoff woes.

    *EDIT* forget entirely that IAN posted about Kuzya’s faceoff woes

  • I don’t mean to overstep my authority, but I’d bet he’s more upset than I am when the Caps lose in the playoffs (maybe not in 09 and 10, when I was devastated).

    And the amount of cash the team stands to make when they go to the conference finals or the SCF is huuuuuuuge.

  • Matt Root

    No denying what the cash cow of a SCF run would do.

  • I agree about the Fs and Ds.

    So here’s the thing about Neuvy. His career sv% is .910, which is just about the mean save percentage. There are 13 teams in the league currently under that http://www.extraskater.com/teams/2013/all?sort=save_pct (though this early in the season random luck has a big sway). If any of those teams think they need to bone up in net, they might look for Neuvy, but he’s not the only guy out there.

    So yeah, there’s value– especially on that contract, though maybe not a ton.

    I agree that getting a 4th top defenseman would be the best thing the Caps could do.

  • kyle boyd

    i always thought the same, but who knows. oates seems like he did a great job teaching fehr to take draws maybe he can fix that part of kuzya’s game? and not just fehr to be honest, look at the chimera/ward PK unit. they’re doing an unreal job in the circle despite neither plying a game at center in their career. in fact, all of our wingers are doing exceptionally well despite their posiition http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20142WSHSASALL&sort=faceOffWinPctg&viewName=faceOffPercentageAll

  • Dave


    So I guess the question becomes: is there a team out there desperate enough for a goalie (meaning that the goalie is struggling so far this season and does not have a great history or is old) and has a better-than-average set of defensemen so that they’d be willing to part with a top-4 guy?

  • dylan wheatley

    i think brouwer is better tradebait than neuvy

  • brian!

    If there were, you’d have to figure Ryan Miller would be the more tempting option, age aside. Sean McIndoe did a nice breakdown of goalies as trade bait piece about a week ago, and basically came to the conclusion that dealing a goalie is HARD and UNPREDICTABLE you guys!

  • brian!

    Trouble is, of those 3 (Laich, Brouwer, Ward), Brouwer is the youngest at 28. In all three cases, I think you need to weigh tradability of their contracts versus future potential.

  • Dave

    Yeah, I saw that article too. I guess the other option is to find a team that is forward-poor, or ideally a team that is goalie- and forward-poor. But it seems like top-4 defensemen are more scarce across the league than goalies or top-6 forwards.

  • ThrowmetheWHIP

    anyone else get the sinking feeling that maybe some (to maybe all) of the Capitals defensive gurflups are system related?

  • JenniferH

    Chimera has been really producing this season, his line with Wardo and Grabo has been clicking beautifully and he’s a fan favorite, I think this was a smart move. I approve!

  • Matt

    He has a NTC, and I don’t think there is a team willing to trade a top defenceman that Brouwer would go to.

  • William

    Probably a good contract for both parties, congrats!

    Now for Grabo….

  • Dave

    For some reason, I only picture the Caps letting go of Brouwer when they think Wilson is ready to move into the top 6.

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  • Chris

    Laich is awful, 4.5 mil pk’er. Terrible contract and will either be traded or bought out.

  • OlietheGoalie

    It makes sense. He may be old, but he’s fast and can fight.

  • Troy

    yeah, actually. But his line has been producing very well, so I guess its okay. The buck has to stop somewhere with GMGM’s “making it rain” on contract extensions.

  • Troy

    trade Laich for Yakupov trololol