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Ducks Acquire Chimera from Islanders in Exchange for Wagner

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The Ducks have acquired left wing Jason Chimera from the New York Islanders in exchange for left wing Chris Wagner.

Chimera, 38 (5/2/79), recorded back-to-back 20-goal seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on Feb. 3, 2017 at Detroit. Chimera has played 15 NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Islanders, collecting 185-228=413 points with 890 penalty minutes (PIM) in 1,091 career NHL games. The 6-3, 215-pound forward has also made eight trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording 12-17=29 points with a +10 rating and 32 PIM in 69 career postseason games.

Wagner, 26 (5/27/91), earned 6-9=15 points with 35 PIM in 64 games for the Ducks this season. Selected by Anaheim in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Wagner had 16-12=28 points with 71 PIM in 159 career NHL games with Anaheim and Colorado.

Shortly after the trade, Chimera shared his thoughts on joining the Ducks.

On when he got word of the trade
I was at my kid's school doing a reading function. I'm excited to get there. I've always liked their team and I know a few guys on the team. It's going to be a good move. It's going to be fun. I've played with Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf], [Kevin] Bieksa and Vermy [Antoine Vermette] a bunch before in World Championships.

On his style of play
I'm the kind of guy that brings a lot of energy to the game. Things haven't worked out great this year for me, so I'm looking for a fresh start. I go hard on the forecheck and play a pretty simple game. Just an old school, chip-and-chase kind of player. Hopefully it works out.

On finding his scoring touch
I haven't lost it, that's for sure. I've scored 20 goals the two previous seasons. This season has been kind of a rough year. It's not gone. It's there somewhere. You get a fresh start. My game is suited for the Western Conference. I know there are a lot of differences between the Western Conference and Eastern Conference styles of play. I always loved playing against Western Conference teams. It's going to be really good for my game. I know the way the Ducks play. They're well-suited to my style of game. It'll re-ignite a lot of things. I already have that feeling in my belly to get ready to go again. Sometimes you need a fresh start to get going again. Hopefully this is it. Really looking forward to getting there.

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