Is Jason Chimera Done in Washington?

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After the acquisition of center Lars Eller and his $3.5 million cap hit from the Montreal Canadiens during the early stages of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the future of longtime Capitals left-wing Unrestricted Free-Agent (UFA) Jason Chimera is far more uncertain.

According to CSN MidAtlantic’s Chuck Gormley, the Capitals will be left with just $2.5 million in salary cap space once they pay their restricted free agents:

Which leads back to Chimera. After a 20-goal, 40-point season at the age of  37-years old, Chimera will be seeking a raise from the $2 million salary he earned on his expiring contract. Suffice to say, $2.5 million would likely be an insufficient number for Chimera.

General Manager Brian MacLellan has stated that his RFAs are the team’s main priorities and with Tom Wilson, Dmitry Orlov, and Marcus Johansson all due for pay increases, there may not be enough room to satisfy Chimera’s salary demands. After seven years in Capitals red, “Chimmer” may be unable to return unless the price is right….literally.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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4 Responses to Is Jason Chimera Done in Washington?

  1. jonmsorensen says:

    If Chimera is willing to go with a home team discount, 2 years, $2 million per, he might be able to stay.

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