The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed left wing Jason Chimera to a two-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Saturday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Chimera, 27, is coming off the best season of his three-year National Hockey League career in 2005-06 as he registered career highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes with 17-13-30 and 95 penalty minutes in 80 games with the Blue Jackets. He ranked second on the club with five game-winning goals and in games played, was third in penalty minutes and shorthanded goals (1-tied), fourth in goals and fifth in shooting percentage (13.4 percent). Nine of his 17 goals were scored in the third period, while 10 gave Columbus the lead.
“Jason had a very good season last year. We're looking forward to seeing him build upon that and continue to be an important contributor to the success of our team,” said MacLean. “He is a big, strong player with exceptional speed and we're thrilled to have him remain a part of the Blue Jackets organization.”
Chimera joined Columbus on Oct. 8, 2005, along with defenseman Cale Hulse and center Mike Rupp, in a trade that sent forwards Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman to the Phoenix Coyotes. He was acquired by Phoenix in a June 2004 trade and spent the 2004-05 season playing for AS Varese in Italy.
The 6'2", 206-pound Edmonton, Alberta native was the Edmonton Oilers' fifth pick, 121st overall, in the 1997 Entry Draft. He has appeared in 210 career NHL games, registering 36-30-66 and 188 penalty minutes. He spent five seasons in the Edmonton organization and had his best NHL campaign with the club in 2002-03 when he notched 14-9-23 and 36 penalty minutes in 66 games. He also appeared in 237 career American Hockey League games and collected 70-89-159 with the Hamilton Bulldogs between 1998 and 2002.