Chimera adds grit to Caps lineup

December 29, 2009

The Capitals shook up their roster a bit Monday, acquiring left wing Jason Chimera from the Blue Jackets in a trade that sends Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to Columbus.

The deal cuts about $2 million in salary this season from Washington's payroll, which could clear room for another trade.

Chimera has eight goals and nine assists this season, along with 47 penalty minutes, more than anyone on Washington's roster. The deal moves him from the last-place Blue Jackets - a team on a franchise-record-tying nine-game losing streak - to a first-place Capitals club.

"We needed a guy that was a little more physical and plays with an edge," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said.

•Rangers top-line forward Vinny Prospal is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery that will keep him out for at least 10 days, and maybe up to three weeks. ... The Kings placed Justin Williams on injured reserve after the veteran right wing broke his leg Saturday. He could be out for three months, coach Terry Murray says. ... The Ducks waived former Blackhawk Kyle Calder.

Associated Press

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