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.
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.
Alexander Alexeyev’s teammates in Russia nicknamed him “poker face” because of his poise with the puck. And, yeah, he asked Alex Ovechkin about the fountain celebration during their FaceTime conversation yesterday. Haha. #ALLCAPSpic.twitter.com/iVguNmidFq
Wendel Clark was mowing the lawn at his Muskoka cottage when son Kody came running outside to tell dad he'd been picked No. 47 by Stanley Cup-champion #caps. "It's more exciting than when I was picked (1st overall, #leafs, '85)," Wendel said. "It's part of being a dad." #tmltalk
“Watching both of those young men play, they do a lot of the little things properly.” — #ALLCAPS Assistant GM Ross Mahoney on Kody Clark and Riley Sutter, both the sons of longtime NHLers (Wendel Clark and Ron Sutter). pic.twitter.com/aK9d1FnJvB
A Harvard commit, Gibson posted a 1.59 GAA and .935 save percentage in the NAHL last season.
Gibson is a Harvard commit from the Philly suburbs. He joked that he'll know his way around KCI at Dev Camp next week, having played for Valley Forge, Team Comcast, etc. in the @AYHL. So he faced the @LittleCapitals a lot.
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.”