The Capitals traded the veteran goaltender to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins for a late-round draft choice.
John Erskine provided some grit on the Capitals' blue line, but will they bring back the little-used veteran for one more season?
After falling short of expectations as a rookie, the Caps face a decision with forward prospect Cody Eakin.
At 33, Jason Chimera set career highs in goals and points and remains one of the fastest skaters in the NHL.
The sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils and eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings defied the odds by getting to the Cup Final.