Washington Capitals: Fan Guide to 2015-2016 (Part 2)

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 Chimera – #25

Position: Left Wing

Who’s as hard as nails, quick as a cat, 36-years old, and seriously underappreciated? Jason Chimera, that’s who. Chimera, who is now in his 6th season with the Washington Capitals after coming over from the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009, has struggled to prove his worth to head coach Barry Trotz and company in recent memory. He looks more synced in and committed than ever to start off the new season.

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The perennial third-line winger found himself without long time partner Joel Ward. Many wondered aloud if Chimera would fit in on such a squad. After his open struggle with the coaching staff to find a key role on the team concluded, Jason seems confident to start this season.

After relying on his quick skating speed for most of his career, Chimera had to readjust his play under new Capitals coach Trotz last year to fit the overall team mold. There were scoring droughts, contentious injuries and even a benching or two along the way. Jason looks like this season has brought a new start with it.

"“Maybe we were both stubborn at times and set in our ways. Eventually you look in the mirror and say, maybe what he’s preaching is good. Do what he says…I was fully expecting they were going to get me out of here, the way things were going. It’s one of those things, you want to be there for it. If you win with these guys, it’s going to be awesome because it’ll be such a great feeling, because we’ve been through a lot together and we’re right there. You can feel it.” – Washington Post"

We’ll all be watching to see if Chimera can keep his value as an energy line forward and special teams contributor. He’s officially the oldest player on the Washington Capitals roster.

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