CSNwashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2012-13 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every day in alphabetical order. Today: Jason: Chimera
Position: Left Wing
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 218
Penalty minutes: 48
Average Ice Time: 12:40
Contract Status: 1 year remaining on 2-year, $3.5 million [$1.75 million cap hit in 2013-14]
Strengths: An excellent skater who plays with an edge and is willing to drop the gloves, Chimera is capable of being the prototypical third-line left wing. He just didn’t provide enough offense this season, dropping from a career-high 20 goals to just three. Chimera can have a strong voice in the locker room, but strong voices tend to fall silent when players are struggling. He rebounded from a poor regular season with one goal and two assists and a plus-1 rating in the playoffs.
Weaknesses: If he could, Chimera would probably just highlight and delete the entire 2012-13 season. Three of his 92 shots found the back of the net for a dreadful 3.3 shooting percent. By comparison, he scored on 20 of his 205 shots last season [9.8 percent]. Chimera also took a slew of bad penalties. He ranked third on the team with 48 penalty minutes but had just two fighting majors. He was tied for the team lead with 14 minors, along with Matt Hendricks and Mike Ribeiro.
Memorable Moment: After going 27 straight games without a goal to begin the season, the longest drought of his career, Chimera said he considered driving to the rink backward to change his luck. “It’s pretty embarrassing when you see a goose egg beside your name,” he said. “You’ve got to take it upon yourself and it starts with me. That’s the biggest thing.” On March 17, in game 28 against the Buffalo Sabres, Chimera deposited a pass from Troy Brouwer and did his own Irish jig to celebrate.
2013-14 Expectations: It’s fair to say that no one expected 20 goals from Chimera last season and few expected just three this season. Entering the final year of his contract and perhaps his final season with the Capitals, Chimera will need to score 12 to 15 goals, cut back on his penalties and be a plus-player if he hopes to remain in Washington beyond next season.