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Season in review: Jason Chimera

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Season in review: Jason Chimera

Throughout the coming weeks, CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2014-15 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every day in alphabetical order. Today: Jason Chimera

Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Left

Age: 36 [turns 37 May 2]

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 217

Games: 77

Goals: 7

Assists: 12

Points: 19

Penalty minutes: 51

Plus-Minus: Minus-1

Average Ice Time: 12:56

Playoff games: 14

Goals: 3

Assists: 4

Points: 7

Penalty minutes: 4

Plus-Minus: Plus-4

Average Ice Time: 15:36

Contract Status: 1 year remaining on 2-year, $4 million contract [2015-16 salary: $2 million; cap hit: $2 million]

Strengths: First and foremost, Chimera is still an effective player in the NHL because of his speed. Still one of the fastest players on the Capitals, Chimera used that speed and physicality to be one of the Caps’ best forwards in the post-season with seven points in 14 games. Not bad when measured what he described as a “terrible” regular season.  “It was a bad season personally, for sure,” Chimera said. “When the playoffs come around, everything goes out the window. You want to win the Cup and that’s all you think about. [Barry Trotz] showed a lot of trust in me in the playoffs. It was fun to play with [Evgeny Kuznetsov]. He does some pretty special things out there.” Chimera’s ability to kill penalties and his Tiggerlike presence in the locker room also made him a valuable piece to the Caps’ puzzle.

Room for improvement: Does stubbornness count? In his post-season news conference, Trotz acknowledged he had his share of run-ins with the outspoken Chimera throughout the season.  “The great thing about Chimmer is that he’s an older guy who’s been around and he can be very stubborn, and at times he probably was,” Trotz said. “But at the same time he’s very realistic, too. He had a great playoff. At the end of the year I wasn’t giving in and we were both sort of not giving in. When he finally came over to what I expected of Jason Chimera he was a hell of a player for us. He brings a lot of life to the dressing room, brings a lot of speed to our team.” At times, Chimera can be guilty of allowing his emotions to get the best of him on the ice, resulting in retaliatory penalties.

Memorable Moment: Locked in a 20-game goal-less drought, Chimera broke free in dramatic fashion in a March 29 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Chimera scored two third-period goals less than 3 minutes apart to give the Caps their first win over the Rangers and earning the headline “Chimeracle on 34th Street.”

Quotable: “It still feels pretty bad, like you lost someone in your family. We were really starting to believe. We were a bounce away from going on.” – Chimera on breakup day

2015-16 Expectations:  Facing what could be his final NHL season, Chimera is as much a part of the Capitals’ fabric as any player in the locker room. Loud and rambunctious on and off the ice, if he can co-exist with Trotz for another season Chimera can still be an effective forward at 5-on-5 and on the penalty kill, capable of scoring 12 to 15 goals. But his real value comes in the playoffs, where he has 27 points in 57 games.

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman loses bet, rocks Ovechkin jersey

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman loses bet, rocks Ovechkin jersey

Nearly two weeks have passed since the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights to raise their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

With one team being a first-year expansion project that turned out beautifully and the other a franchise that had not appeared in a Stanley Cup Final since 1998, there was obviously a lot on the line.

Those away from the ice had 'a lot' on the line, too.

Prior to the start of the series, each city's mayor agreed on a bet that would force the losing team's member to wear an opposing jersey at the conclusion of the Cup.

Well, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman followed through on her end of the bargain.

Here is proof of her wearing the jersey of a man who led what was arguably the greatest post-championship celebration in sports history.

 

The Capitals announced Wednesday that the team's home opener and Stanley Cup banner unveiling will be played on October 3 against the Boston Bruins.

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Capitals don't get Penguins for home opener, but Penguins will host Capitals in theirs

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Capitals don't get Penguins for home opener, but Penguins will host Capitals in theirs

The Capitals found out who their opponent will be for the home opener on Oct. 3 and it's not the Pittsburgh Penguins.

And you know what? That's OK. Winning the Stanley Cup was awesome and the banner raising will be an incredible scene regardless. 

Plus, the Penguins need that night off because they have to get ready for their own home opener on Oct. 4 against...the Caps?

Wait, what?

In 2016, the Capitals were in attendance as the Penguins raised their Stanley Cup banner. That had to sting considering Pittsburgh eliminated Washington in the playoffs.

It has not become a tradition to make rivals watch as teams raise banners and there's nothing that said the NHL had to schedule the Penguins for Washington's home opener. But it does seem odd that the NHL is going to make the defending Stanley Cup champions play a back-to-back right out of the gate with the second end coming against their archrivals in Pittsburgh.

Hey Caps, it's the NHL here. Congrats again. Vegas is a hell of a city, am I right? So, listen...we thought about it and decided you won't get to raise your banner against your rivals. Sorry about that. We tried and we couldn't get them for your first game. Good news though, we moved it all the way up to the second game, we just couldn't get it any sooner than that. You'll be playing them the second game of the season...the night after your home opener...in Pittsburgh...for their home opener. Anyway, good luck on the repeat.

Makes sense.

Look, if Washington can't have Pittsburgh for the home opener fine. It would have been nice, but it's really not a big deal. Raising the banner will be special regardless of who the opponent will be. But don't turn around and make the Caps play in the Penguins' home opener the very next day.

The schedule makers did the Caps no favors with this one.

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