Two weeks after signing to play in the Czech Extraliga, Capitals forward Jason Chimera is coming home.
“He wasn’t able to live here separated from family, especially his children,” HC Chomutov manager Leo Gudas told TV Nova Sport.
Chimera, 33, signed with HC Chomutov on Nov. 14 after several weeks of skating with a handful of teammates at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
At the time, he said the reason he waited so long to play overseas was the thought of leaving his wife and two children. Gudas left open the possibility of Chimera returning to Chomutov with his family.
That decision would hinge on whether the NHL will have a shortened season or cancel it altogether. The league and its players are locked in a labor dispute that has forced the cancellation of games through Dec. 14. Both sides are hoping federal mediators will help broker a deal to salvage an abbreviated season.
With Chimera heading home, the number of Capitals playing in Europe has been reduced to seven: Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom [Dynamo Moscow of the KHL], Mathieu Perreault [HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish League]; Michal Neuvirth [Sparta Praha of the Czech League], Wojtek Wolski [KH Sanok in Poland], Brooks Laich [Kloten Flyers in Switzerland] and Marcus Johansson [BIK Karlskoga of the Swedish second-tier league].