While the Washington Capitals added three new players (and an old friend) at the March 3 trade deadline, left wing Jason Chimera was the team’s original new addition. Chimera chats with Corey Masisak of Caps Extra about the trade from Columbus and fitting in with his new club.
Q: What was the day of the trade like for you?
A: Obviously it was a bit of a shock. I signed with Columbus for four years and expected to be there four years, but it was one of the things you get shocked by. You look at where you’re going and it was kind of a rejuvenation for me. It was kind of a bittersweet, day but it turned out to be pretty great in the long run.
Q: How do you handle being traded in the middle of the year with your family settled there?
A: It is tough, especially because we had gotten close with a lot of people in Columbus. You just kind of pack it all up and leave everyone there. You build relationships and you will still have those relationships for the rest of your life, but you get traded and three hours later you are gone. Sometimes you don’t have time to go back because the schedule is so busy, but you deal with it because that’s the nature of the business sometimes.
Q: How do you think your experience here has gone so far?
A: It has been really good. We’ve won a whole lot of hockey games so it can’t be too bad. It is a winning atmosphere and a great team.
Q: How have you found it trying to fit into the dressing room?
A: We have a lot guys that are my age and kind of in the same mode of life, so that is almost better. In Columbus we had a lot of young guys, but here it seems like I fit right in with a lot of guys. It is nice. It is a great locker room, and the team really seems to get along very well.
Q: Do you have restaurant suggestions in Columbus [Capitals play there April 3]?
A: Oh yeah – Lindey’s is really good in the German village. I recommend that place. There are a lot of good places to eat, but Lindey’s is my wife and I’s favorite.
Q: Have you found a go-to place in D.C. yet?
A: No, not really. We have a small child, so it is tough to really go out with him and find a nice place to eat. We’ve hit a lot of local bistros. We’re in Alexandria so we go to Old Town and eat on King Street a lot.