CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2011-12 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Jason: Chimera
Jason ChimeraPosition: Left Wing
HtWt: 6-3, 213
Penalty minutes: 78
Average Ice Time: 14:25
Contract Status: 2 years, 3.5 million 1.75 million cap hit in 2012-13
Strengths: Even at 33 Chimera is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and he used that asset to record a career-high 20 goals and 39 points this season. He also finished second on the club in playoff goals with four while averaging an economical 13:42 in ice time. Chimera is willing to drop his gloves for his teammates and his speed allows him to get on the forecheck quickly, where he can deliver punishing checks on unsuspecting defensemen.
Weaknesses: In nine NHL seasons Chimera has lacked a finishing touch and has been a defensive liability with a career plus-minus rating of minus-18. Under Dale Hunter, Chimera showed he can be effective at both ends of the rink, finishing this season with a plus-4 rating.
Memorable Moment on the ice: In Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals against the Rangers, Chimera whacked a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist for what proved to be the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory that forced a decisive Game 7 in New York. It doesnt matter how far out they are, Chimera said of his fourth playoff goal, which came from about a foot from the net. It sounds corny, but thats where youve got to score goals in the playoffs and youll find me there.
Memorable Moment off the ice: When the first-round series between the Capitals and Bruins turned nasty, Chimera rattled off a series of memorable quotes that included this indictment of goaltender Tim Thomas, who protected his crease by shoving his blocker into the face of Nicklas Backstrom in Game 2: I dont read the rule book every night, its not like its my bible, he said. But its certainly there. It says right there that if you use your blocker as a weapon, its a match penalty. Thats just cut and dry. I mean, thats what it is, and I dont know how he keeps getting away with that stuff.
2012-13 Expectations: Chimera is a strong and vocal leader in the locker room, unafraid to challenge Alex Ovechkin when he feels its necessary. That voice will be needed again next season and if he can chip in with another 20 goals as a second- or third-line winger the Capitals would be happy to take it.