The Washington Times - March 31, 2011, 12:08PM

On Dec. 28, 2009, the Capitals dealt captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to the Blue Jackets for speedy forward Jason Chimera. The two teams met at the end of last season, but it’s still special for Chimera to face his former team.

“I spent the good part of my career there – almost five years there,” he said Thursday. “So you still got a lot of good friends that play there, and a lot of people that are coming in town that I keep in touch with that are coming for the Columbus game.”


Chimera is back in the Caps lineup Thursday night against Columbus after missing Tuesday’s game as a healthy scratch. Eric Fehr will sit out this time, as coach Bruce Boudreau juggles and tries to find a combination that suits him.

“We have a lot of good forwards,” he said. “Everybody up front is healthy so we’re experimenting; at the same time we don’t wanna leave anybody out for a long period of time.”

In December or January a game against the Blue Jackets might be hard to get up for. But not with five games left.

It’s very easy for Chimera, who not only spent several years in Columbus but is a candidate to be a healthy scratch in the playoffs.

“You kinda get up for these games maybe a little more so than other games. You wanna do well – you wanna do something good out there, that’s for sure,” he said. “We still got a lot to play for. A lot of guys are playing for spots, so it’s not hard to get up for it.”