Capitals Trade Clark and Jurcina for Chimera

Posted December 28, 2009

88317_featureThe Washington Capitals have traded Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jason Chimera.

Chris Clark, the Capitals’ Captain, has spent parts of 5 seasons in Washington, with two seasons being greatly shortened due to injury. He scored 123 points with the Capitals, however 93 of those points came in his first two seasons, and he has only scored 30 points in the 2.5 seasons since. Jurcina has spent part of four seasons with the Capitals, playing in 311 games, and registering just 36 points.

Jason Chimera is a 30 year old Wing from Edmonton, Alberta. He was a 5th round draft choice in 1997, and has spent the past 5 seasons in Columbus. This year he has 17 pts (8G, 9A) in 39 games. The highest point total of his career was 36 back in 2006-07.

This is the third time in the past decade that the Capitals have traded their Captain, with Steve Konowalchuk departing during the 2003 season and Dale Hunter being traded in 1999. The previous captain, Jeff Halpern, left via free agency in 2006 while serving as Captain. We’ll have to see who gets to put on the C next, with Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin being early candidates.

Jurcina is an Unrestricted Free Agent after this season. Clark has another year on his current deal and will be a UFA after the 2010-2011 season. Chimera is under contract for three more seasons at $1.875 Million. The Capitals subtracted $2.15M from this years cap in the deal (Jurcina: 1.375 + Clark 2.65 – Chimera 1.875).