He will play on all 4 lines at some point. When top line wingers are slacking its very easy to stick Chimera in their spot to provide forcheck and energy. He is a very versatile player in that aspect.
Originally Posted by CapitalsCup2012
If you don't score 20, and make more than $1 mil, you take a lot of grief around Caps land.
Yeah who needs fast guys who give 100% and play physical when you can fill their spots with softer less experienced players.
Fact is that we need more players like Chimera not less. He's not a perfect player but he is an important one that any team in the league would love to have.
Originally Posted by mrwarden
Also, if you blow open net after open net and take as many or more stupid penalties as 28.
He doesn't have great hands but man does the guy drive the net. If he finished more he'd be a $6 million player which we couldn't afford. He does everything else and generates chances and thus momentum. He is scrappy and fiesty and sticks his nose in scrums all the time.
Maybe just me speaking but I really don't mind penalties of aggression either. I don't have as much problem with Semin's penalties (and Chimera's) as other do tho.
Low-hanging fruit I guess. It's a fine contract if he's a third-liner but to this point he hasn't shown the hockey sense or defensive responsibility to warrant that sort of commitment. Very much a luxury if he's a fourth liner and probably the first player I would have considered a potential cap casualty.
The additions of Ward and Brouwer should minimize the need to play Chimera in the top six.
Not a bad deal based on team needs. But I don't see why we can't develop 3rd or 4th line gritty guys. You would think it would be easy to find a steady stream of guys to play that role in the draft. Everyone is looking for the next home run late draft pick. Who was the last home grown true bottom six guy?
He has no hockey sense, doesn't play a role on special teams and is coming off the worst offensive season of his career at age 32. We should have looked elsewhere.
Last I checked pretty much every player on the caps came off their worst offensive season last year so not sure why you would single Chimera out. He has gas in the tank left and still has that great speed.
Who would fill his role? Who would replace his experience and grit? A younger player?..on a team trying to win NOW?
He's more important than you give him credit for. To me he's a "glue" and substance player. You can't have a cake just made of icing. You need batter, eggs and substance.
It's not like the skilled guys who make a hell of a lot more $$ don't make mistakes.
Too many Caps fans waste a lot of angst over the cheapest guys on the team because we're in the "cap world". Here's a new flash....they're cheap because they're not as good. I simply prefer to level my criticism on the expensive players...the ones who are expected to score goals and make less errors. The ones who are supposed to carry the team.