CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2013-14 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Jason Chimera
Position: Left wing
Age: 34 [turns 35 May 2]
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 213
Penalty Minutes: 36
Average Ice Time: 15:25
Contract Status: 2 years remaining on 2-year, $4 million contract [$2 million cap hit in 2014-15]
Strengths: Chimera ranked fourth on the Caps in plus-minus, behind only Joel Ward [plus-7], Steve Oleksy [plus-7] and Mikhail Grabovski [plus-6]. His 42 points were a career high and his line, with Joel Ward and Eric Fehr, was the Caps’ most consistent in the second half of the season. Chimera is the oldest member of the Caps, but he may also be the fastest skater on the team.
Weaknesses: Actually, it was hard to find many holes in Chimera’s game this season. There were times his line was on the ice for quick strike goals from opponents, but overall, the Chimera-Fehr-Ward line was responsible in all three zones.
Memorable Moment: On the ice Chimera recorded a career-high four points [1 goal, 3 assists] in a 7-0 beating of the Flyers in Philadelphia on Oct. 26. Off the ice he displayed an Oscar-winning April Fool’s performance with Ward.
Quotable: “We have all the pieces to be a good team here, so we don’t expect any changes. But as you get older and you watch the Stanley Cup Final, it gets harder each year because you want to win the Cup. It’s disappointing.”
2014-15 Expectations: Memo to the next coach of the Capitals: Keep the third line together. Chimera can still get it done on the ice and is capable of staying in the 15-goal, 40-point range. He’s also a glue guy in the locker room, which is something the Caps will need throughout another season of change.