The Capitals on Thursday announced they re-signed wing Jason Chimera to a two-year contract extension.
It is worth a total of $3.5 million, or a cap hit of $1.75 million. The deal takes the 32-year-old through the 2013-14 season.
“It’s nice. Anytime you’ve got a place where you win hockey games – I’m not a dummy knowing how good this team is, and you want to be here a long time,” Chimera said. “For me it was a no-brainer. It was nice that they showed some confidence in me to come to me and ask me if I wanted something.”
Chimera had 10 goals and 16 assists in 81 games last season.
Chimera was acquired from the Blue Jackets in December of 2008 for then-captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina. His biggest goal with the Caps came in last spring’s playoffs when he scored the double-overtime game-winner to beat the Rangers in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.
“He’s a big strong guy, he’s an emotional guy, he’s good in our locker room,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We do think that he’s got the potential to get between 15 and 20 goals. And he seemed to score the big goal at the big time for us.”