2015-16 Season: Thirty-seven-year-old Jason Chimera continued to defy father time last season, scoring 40 points (20G, 20A) for the Washington Capitals. It was the second time in Chimera’s career that he hit the 20-goal and 40-point plateaus, both coming in the last five seasons.
Chimera scored some big goals last season, racking up three game-winners. He scored some memorable goals, including a header against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and beat Steve Mason from center ice in the Capitals first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Chimera signed a two-year deal with the Islanders on July 1.
Highlight Reel Moment: Jason Chimera highlights from the 2015-16 season.
The Look Ahead: Despite being 37, Chimera hasn’t lost his step and was one of the fastest players on the Capitals last season. His speed and size (6’3, 216 lbs.) are his two biggest assets and he uses them well, usually driving to the net and scoring around the paint – a simple game. Chimera played all 82 games last season and has only missed 11 games in the last seven seasons – Bartolo Colon-like durability.
Chimera is nearing the 1,000-game mark, so he brings some veteran know-how to the young Islanders. Reports out of Washington are that he’s an energetic guy on and off the ice and he said he wants to help them get over the hump and compete for the Stanley Cup. Repeating his statline from last year is no easy task but even a point total close to his age would be a great feat.