WASHINGTON — The New York Islanders have signed longtime Capitals winger Jason Chimera to a two-year deal.
Chimera, now 37, will earn an average annual value of $2.25 million over the life of the contract, according to Elliotte Friedman of Canadian television’s SportsNet.
Chimera contributed 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists), playing in all 82 games this past season for the Capitals, which resulted in a Presidents’ Trophy and an Eastern Conference Semifinals appearance.
He came to Washington midway through its first Presidents’ Trophy run, traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009-10, and has remained with the Capitals for the six-plus seasons since, living through six postseasons and seven failed attempts by Washington to win a Stanley Cup.
Chimera got emotional in an interview last month with CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Jill Sorenson thinking about his time in Washington, and how it may be coming to an end.
Chimera has 197 total points (82 goals, 115 assists) in seven seasons with the Capitals.