Jason Chimera will be staying in Washington a little while longer.
The Capitals have signed Chimera to a two-year, $4 million contract extension to keep him in the American capital through the 2015-16 season.
The contract is a slight raise from the two-year, $3.5 million deal that expires in July.
A 20-goal scorer in the 2011-12 season, Chimera has gotten off to a good start for the Capitals this season, with five goals and six assists in 16 games so far. His current season totals nearly match his production from last season (3-11-14 in 47 GP), and he already has more goals.
His strong play was enough to earn him the NHL’s third star for last week.
Chimera has found chemistry playing on a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Joel Ward, and the Capitals have rewarded his efforts. If Chimera were to maintain his offensive pace to start the season, he would finish with 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists), which would shatter his career-high of 39 back in 2011-12.
Since coming to the Capitals in a trade with Columbus in the 2009-10 season, Chimera has provided some solid secondary offence, averaging roughly 33 points per 82 games played in Washington.
The new deal will be a 35+ contract (Chimera turns 35 in May, and the player years are calculated on June 30, per CapGeek.com), meaning the cap hit will still count against the Capitals if Chimera decides to retire before the contract expires. However, it’s not a big money contract, and I’d expect Chimera will play both seasons.