April 2, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Jason Chimera Joins Czech Extraliga And Other Caps Abroad News

Jason Chimera signing with HC Chomutov (in the Czech Extraliga) makes him the 7th Capital to cross the Atlantic. If I had to guess from the website, I would say they are the Chomutov Pirates! Yarr!

Now, my Czech is pretty rusty, but it seems that Chomutov is 9th out of 14 in the standings. That’s not great. They must have been banking on him having another statistically anomalous year, like when he outscored Ovechkin for half the season.

At least he’s not in as bad shape as Michal Neuvirth — the goalie has joined his old Extraliga team, HC Sparta Praha (based in Prague). They are currently 14th out of 14, with Neuvy himself posting a GAA of 3.52 and a sv% of .906 in 10 games, which is a small sample size and yet still enough to get me down.

Things are going better on HC Dynamo Moscow, who are in first place in the KHL thanks to point-per-game contributions from Ovechkin and Backstrom, with 15 in 15 and 6 in 6 respectively. Nick Backstrom got his first KHL hat trick in his 6th game in the league, so that’s pretty impressive.

In other Hockey Abroad news, Brooks Laich is second in scoring on his team, with 14 points in 14 games. Unfortunately, he’s on the Kloten Flyers, so the stat that really counts is penalty minutes, where he is 3rd with 26. Congrats, Brooksie! You show the Swiss how a real Flyer plays!

Wojtek Wolski‘s stopgap team, HC Sanok, is currently in first place in the Polish league, but if I try to read any more Polish my head will explode. It’s like bizarro-world Czech, which is already bizarro-world Russian.

Finally, Marcus Johansson is playing on a 2nd-league Swedish team, and the lower the tier, the worse kept-up website, which means he hasn’t actually made it onto the roster. He has definitely scored at least one goal according to this article. (Swedish is bizarro-world German, so I have a rudimentary handle on it.)

The Washington Post has a master list of the Capitals’ lockout plans, but I’m sure they all have one thing in common: wishing this stupid lockout would just end already. NHL players: they’re just like us!

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