Chimera: Pros Outweigh Cons for Washington Capitals to Retain

The Washington Capitals will consider signing UFA Jason Chimera in the coming weeks. FiCP votes YES.

 

Jason Chimera in one of three unrestricted free agents* that the Washington Capitals’ will consider signing over the summer—or not. The Caps’ community love this guy, but do we love him enough to want to sign a 37 year old third-liner for another couple of years. We don’t question his ability because of his age; however, it surely is part of what management is thinking about as they consider the upside and downside of keeping him on the Caps roster.

So a little background. Jason was signed by the Caps in 2009. He previously played for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers. He makes $2 million a year – a sizable hit to the salary cap but not outrageous—unless the Caps want to bring in someone and pay them more. That’s probably one for the con column.

His penalty minutes are actually down! In seven years with the Caps he has had 350 minutes compared to the 372 with the Oilers in five years. This season he has spent less time in the box than in his entire career. So while some will point to penalty minutes – we think he has it under control. Ok with the exception of a stick thing in the playoffs…

And since we are talking playoffs—he was a bit of a no-show in the scoring department when the team needed him most: against Pittsburgh. He had an assist the first game of the second round but after that his production tanked. In all fairness, the third and fourth lines weren’t the heavy lifters in the series so we can’t count him down too much for the Pens win.

Why We Say, “Sign Him Up.”

Like a fine wine, this left winger gets better with time. He  had one of his best seasons in 2015/16. He ended the regular season with 40 points. His previous high was 42 in the 2014/15 season.

Chimera is a clutch player in the truest sense of the word. He pulls out all the stops when the Caps are in need of that extra push. As a Washington Capital, he has 11 game-winning goals in the regular season and another six in the playoffs.

Being a clutch player also makes him one of the fastest and toughest players on the team. Never thought of as an ‘enforcer,’ Chimera is a brute on the ice. His Corsi average for control of the puck suggests that when the Ice Cheetah is skating, the team is controlling the puck.

He is one of those ‘seasoned leaders’ we hear the upper management talk about. He brings a tenacious desire to win tempered with the ability to make the guys laugh and lighten up at just the right time. With 951 regular season games, this guy has seen it all.

Is that enough you ask? The Capitals need leadership in the locker room. They need someone to lighten things up when they are down. They need someone who wants to win with THIS team more than just about anything. We think Jason Chimera has proven himself to be an asset and if they can afford to keep him—they should.

*Unrestricted free agents in the NHL are players without contract renewals who can consider offers from other teams without the last team they played with placing any restrictions on them.

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Why so Serious??? Photos Show Caps Wanted This!!

In the weeks since the Caps lost the chance to win the Stanley Cup there has been a lot of talk about their inability to close the deal. We have been watching this team at practice and have seen their drive during games. There is no doubt in our minds that the Washington Capitals took the challenge seriously.

It starts at the top and there is no one who wanted this more than the Caps’ Captain Alexander Ovechkin.DSC_0141 Even Wayne Gretzky said after meeting with Ovi,  “How much passion he has for the game and how badly he wants to win a Stanley Cup,” according to Alex Prewitt.

 

And then we have our favorite defenseman, John Carlson, who tied Ovi in goals and assists during their playoff stretch.CapsPens Gm 1-88

Following their elimination from the playoffs Nicky told reporters, “We’re gonna do it one day. I promise them.” We believe him.DSC_0350

And finally, lets not forget Justin Williams. Willy was brought here to win. That’s all he wanted. He set an example for the team and he gave it his all.

We still believe in these guys and can’t wait to see how next season shapes up!

O what a Night-Oshie and the Caps take Down Pens in OT

The night started with lightups and loud, and we mean, LOUD fans. And thankfully the house was pretty red–hardly a Pens jersey could be seen! Well done friends!!!!

The game started like we expected, physical and fast.  Andre Burakovsky got things going with a little help from is friends Jason Chimera and John Carlson put the Caps on the board. The first period ended 1-0 Caps.

The second period started so slow we weren’t sure the were really playing. Fans thought there were lots of missed calls against Pens– probably right.

It was all good until the Pens (Ben Lovejoy) got one over on Holtby. Fans stayed loud and like the players, we weren’t giving up.

There was a lot of back and forth scoring; first Evgeni Malkin scored and then TJ Oshie got one past goaltender Matt Murry to even things out by the end of the second period. TJ came back in the third period, followed by Nick Bonino.

By the end of the third we were tied up again forcing the game into overtime.

The crowd could barely contain themselves.

OT started with a flurry of red nightsticks and horn blowing from Sam to get everyone one ready. Both teams clearly wanted the win, but it was Oshie who scored the game winning goal and the hats flew onto the ice!!!

The Pens challenged but nah- it was the Caps night.

We kind Of like this team a lot.

See ya Saturday for Game 2. Go CAPS.

Optional practice Friday at 12:15 at Kettler which means a handful of the tired players will be there. Pens will also be at Kettler for anyone interested…(be classy Caps fans)

Morning skate is scheduled for 10:15 Saturday followed by Game 2 at 8 pm.

So Many Smiles 

Game three for the Caps was anything but boring, in fact it was down right dirty. Of course we are talking about the Flyers and their fans. One even went as far as throwing a memorial bracelet for the late Ed Snider at Dmitry Orlov who was getting treatment for injuries sustained during a hit from Bellamare, who has since been suspended for game four of the series. All of this being said we know how hard it is once the game is over, you just want another game! Well to hold you over until 7:00pm we have ANOTHER gallery for you featuring all your faves (excuse the high volume of #46 photos in this one).

So enjoy our game two gallery here, and let us know what you think!

Game One in Pictures

The Caps played game one of round one at none other than Verizon Center and you can only imagine what the atmosphere was like. The chants of “lets go Caps” and “the Flyers suck” rang out throughout the arena and the smells of popcorn and hot dogs filled the air. We hope that our pictures captured just a little bit of it so that you get to experience it too! CLICK HERE FOR AWESOME PICTURES

Get Hyped!!

It’s almost time Caps Fans!!! We thought it necessary to get the fanbase even more hyped so we put together a short video of some of our favorite photos from the season:

In case you missed the announcement, The Washington Capitals will be facing The Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. Because the Caps are Number One in the league and won the President’s Trophy, they also secured home ice advantage for the duration of the playoffs, which means the first two games of each round will all be played at Verizon Center.

LETS GO CAPS!!!

Luck of The Irish Brings Caps a Win; The Gallery

If you missed the Caps last game against Carolina, we have a full re-cap for you right here.

We all love when the boys get the chance to wear something new for warm-ups before the game. Or at least we as photographers do! As promised we have photos a plenty if you were unable to be at the game or missed them because of the crazy traffic like we and so many others got stuck in.

Please let us know what you think and if there is a specific photo that you really enjoy!

GREEN JERSEY PHOTO GALLERY HERE

As always, please feel free to use our photos but give credit when you do so.

Thanks so much for your continued support  we couldn’t do it without you all!

Photos By: Brittney Marcum & Mel Abernethy

The Boys Are Back; A Practice Gallery

I know, I am just as amazed as you that I am getting this gallery out on the same day I took the photos. I have to say I was very excited to see the boys back at Kettler today. Whenever the guys are on a long road trip (especially one that didn’t go quite as well as we’d hoped) it always feels so good to see them back on the ice with smiles on their faces. We know some out there are losing their cool and freaking out that the Caps have had some pretty slow starts as of late, but we know they have what it takes and will continue to keep the faith…

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Photos by: Brittney Marcum

Introducing Flickr!

By now you all know how much we love our photos here at FiCP, but sometimes we have a few too many photos to put into a gallery on the site. That being said we have decided to share our galleries via Flickr! We are so excited to share all our wonderful photos with you in a simpler format that everyone can view, even from their phones. 

 Here is the link to our new site: 

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Please leave us feedback, we would love to know what you think we can do to improve or any other photos you might like to see. We will be moving all our previous galleries to the Flickr page this coming week and we hope you will enjoy taking a look back at this season’s best photos as much as we do. 

As always feel free to use any of our photos and share with everyone if you like what you see.

Thank you to everyone for the continued support, we would be nowhere without you all. 

  
 

Caps Go Wild; A Gallery

Here at FiCP we enjoy sharing different kinds of photos with you, our viewers. So if there is ever a specific photo of a player or player(s) you want to see just leave a comment below with your Instagram or Twitter handle and we will do our best to get it to you!

Now on to the fun stuff:

EX CAPS ROOMIES WARM-UP SHENANIGANS: 

 

OH KUZY….

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I SEE YOU:

ALL ABOUT THAT GOALIE:

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WE LOVE THOSE ACTION SHOTS:

GETTIN CHIPPY:

THAT SNEAKY BENCH FLOW:

WE WIN!!!!

Photos by: Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy