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Capitals breakdown: Jason Chimera


Capitals breakdown: Jason Chimera 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
Age: 33
HtWt: 6-3, 213
Games: 82
Goals: 20
Assists: 19
Points: 39
Penalty minutes: 78
Plus-Minus: Plus-4
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.

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2018 NHL Draft: Caps add 7 prospects, 4 from WHL


2018 NHL Draft: Caps add 7 prospects, 4 from WHL

The Caps made seven selections in the 2018 Draft this weekend. The group featured three defensemen, three forwards and a goalie. Interestingly, a couple of the picks have fathers who enjoyed lengthy NHL careers.

Meet the newest prospects:

1st round, 31st overall: D Alexander Alexeyev, WHL, 6'4", 196 pounds

The Caps' first first-round pick sine 2016, Alexeyev is a smart two-way defenseman with good size.

Read more on him here.

2nd round, 46th overall (from Florida, via New Jersey): D Martin Fehervary, Allsvenskan (Sweden), 6'2", 194 pounds

A physical style defenseman who is very strong in his own end, but does not have much offensive upside. Sort of a throwback style of play which makes him a surprise pick this high.

2nd round, 47th overall (From Colorado): F Kody Clark, OHL, 6'1", 179 pounds

Kody Clark boasts an NHL pedigree as the son of Wendel Clark, a first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs who recorded 330 goals and 564 career points in 763 NHL games.

3rd round, 93rd overall: F Riley Sutter, WHL, 6'3", 203 pounds

Riley Sutter also boasts a strong NHL pedigree as the son of Run Sutter and nephew of Darryl Sutter.

Riley is a power forward who played alongside Caps prospect Garrett Pilon on the Everett Silvertips in the WHL and recorded 53 points in 68 games last season.

4th round, 124th overall: G Mitchell Gibson, NAHL, 6'1", 187 pounds

A Harvard commit, Gibson posted a 1.59 GAA and .935 save percentage in the NAHL last season.

6th round, 161st overall (from Vancouver): D Alex Kannok-Leipert, WHL, 5'11", 194 pounds

The Caps certainly saw something they liked in Kannok-Leipert as they traded up from 186 to get him. That pick, along with a sixth-round pick in 2019, went to Vancouver.

7th round, 217th overall: F Eric Florchuk, WHL, 6'2", 174 pounds

Florchuk was taken with the last pick of the draft.


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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson


GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

DALLAS—The Caps are “really close” to signing star defenseman John Carlson to a long-term extension, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday night.

“We’re getting closer,” MacLellan said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “Hopefully we can get it done here over the next few days. We’re really close.”

Earlier in the day, the Caps cleared significant space under the salary cap ceiling by trading Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round draft pick (47th overall). 

That space will now be used to lock up Carlson, who could become the best defenseman on the open market if he were to reach it.

MacLellan met with Carlson’s agent, Rick Curran, here on Thursday night.

MacLellan did not divulge any figures, but it’s expected that Carlson’s new contract could come in at eight years and $8 million per—or perhaps a bit more. 

He earned $4 million last season.

Carlson had a career year in 2017-18 and was critical during the Caps' run to the Stanley Cup. He led all defensemen in the regular season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists). The 28-year-old also skated a career-high 24:47 per game.

MacLellan has long said that re-signing Carlson was the Caps’ top priority this offseason. And now it looks like that could happen within days, assuming the talks do not hit any snags.

“We’re going to do our best to sign John,” MacLellan said. “We’ve said it all along. We waited until the end of the year. We’ve had discussions. We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”