The free agent spree continued for the New York Islanders, signing forward Jason Chimera less than an hour after inking Andrew Ladd. The second deal was cheaper and for fewer years.
Chimera, late of the Capitals, signs for two seasons at $2.25 million AAV ($4.5 million overall). He's also played for Edmonton and Columbus. He'll likely be Matt Martin's replacement on the fourth line it was assumed that he signed for less money than Martin would make.
Sure enough, Martin later signed a four-year contract with the Maple Leafs worth $2.5 million AAV. Pension Plan Puppets wasn't happy.
Chimera has 20, 7 and 15 goals in each of the last three years, so he brings more pop to the lineup than Martin has. However, his underlyings aren't particularly good, with CF%s of 48, 47 and 46.6% over that same time period. He's been known to get some special teams time with the Caps, too.
What I also know about him is that he's old (37), bald and has a propensity to take bad penalties. He's also not Kyle Okposo or Frans Nielsen, but that's not his fault.
Garik has more on the Chimera signing from a numbers point of view. His age makes him a dicey proposition, even as a fourth liner. Better hope that scoring touch doesn't dry up.
In their official announcement, the Islanders have some quotes from the man himself, who sounds positively FIRED UP to be coming to Brooklyn. Save some of that jam for October, dude.
"I'm one of those guys who wants to win a Stanley cup pretty badly, so it'll be a good fit going forward," he said.
"They are a team that's been knocking on the door every year and hopefully I can get them over that hump."