Jason Chimera already lost a year of his NHL career to the 2004-05 lockout, so his frustration with another work stoppage looming is evident.
“To miss any game, I don’t want to use it, but pretty embarrassing as a league to lock us out and not start the season, for sure,” Chimera said Tuesday. “It’s frustrating. I mean we want to play, I think that’s the biggest thing. We want to kind of hash it out.”
Chimera played in Italy during the ‘04-05 lockout, but his kids being in school is keeping him and his wife in Alexandria, Va., and the D.C. area this time. He won’t be going to New York City for the NHL Players’ Association meetings this week, but John Carlson will be among the Caps’ representatives.
The collective bargaining agreement will expire if there’s no deal by 11:59 p.m. Saturday night.
“Under law you still can play and get a new CBA during the year, so that’s what the guys want to do,” Chimera said. “The owners and [commissioner Gary Bettman] didn’t want to do that. It’d be pretty unfortunate if come that time we’re not playing.”