Caps stay patient, rally to beat Wild
When Jason Chimera was struggling through the worst offensive season of his career last year, a contract extension was probably the furthest thing from his mind.
But with the 34-year-old left winger off to a strong start on what has become one of the NHL’s hottest lines, that’s what happened Friday when the burly veteran signed a two-year, $4 million extension through the 2014-16 season.
Chimera will earn $2 million in each of the next two seasons. He was in the final year of a contract that is paying him $1.75 million this season.
After scoring just three goals in 47 games last season, Chimera has five goals and six assists, along with 10 penalty minutes in 16 games this season.
His recent four-game goal streak earned him the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the week ending Nov. 3.
With Chimera under contract, the Capitals now have five players playing in the final year of their contracts – centers Mikhail Grabovski [$3 million] and Michael Latta [$590,833], and defensemen Nate Schmidt [$925,000], Dmitry Orlov [$690,000] and Alex Urbom [$567,500].
Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina in 2009, Chimera has 107 points [45 goals, 62 assists] and 251 penalty minutes in 265 career games with the Caps.
In 43 career playoff games, Chimera has 20 points [eight goals, 12 assists], four game-winning goals and 16 penalty minutes.