Monday, December 28, 2009

Breaking: Clark and Jurcina Traded to Columbus Blue Jackets

HM has been following Twitter rumors about some proposed trade activity by the Caps, and Tarik along with other sources (TSN's Bob McKenzie and Washington Time's Corey Masisak) are confirming that the team has traded d-man Milan Jurcina along with captain Chris Clark to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for winger Jason Chimera. I for one am exceptionally sad to see Chris Clark go and he has done an outstanding job, both on and off the ice, as this team's leader during some very trying times.

From the team's press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 28, 2009

Capitals Acquire Jason Chimera from Columbus for Chris Clark, Milan Jurcina

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired left wing Jason Chimera from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for right wing Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Chimera (chih-MAIR-uh), 30, is an 11-year pro who has played 461 NHL games between Columbus and Edmonton. He has recorded eight goals and nine assists (17 points) while playing all 39 games this season. A 6’2”, 216-pound left-hand shot, he stood tied for sixth on the Blue Jackets in goals and tied for eighth in points.

In his career Chimera has scored at least 14 goals four times, posted at least 30 points three times and topped 90 penalty minutes three times. He has played all but 36 games since the start of the 2005-06 season. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, he was drafted by the Oilers in the fifth round of the 1997 NHL Draft and joined the Blue Jackets via trade from Phoenix (which held his rights during the 2004-05 work stoppage). He will wear No. 25 in Washington, as he did in Columbus.

Clark, 33, was in his fifth year with the Capitals, his fourth as team captain. He totaled 60 goals and 63 assists (123 points) in 240 games with Washington. Jurcina, 26, played four seasons with the Capitals and had six goals and 30 assists (36 points) in 211 games.

Jason Chimera
Left Wing
Ht.: 6’2” Wt.: 216 Shoots: Left
Born: May 2, 1979 (Edmonton, Alberta)
Drafted: Edmonton’s fifth-round choice, 121st overall, in the 1997 Entry Draft

Big surprises, but I have a feeling that this might not be the last trade we'll see in the near future. Stay tuned!


Dan, Jr. said...

This shocking trade hurts. Right now, it makes no sense to me. George McPhee said it had nothing to do with cap space. That has me thinking like you. Something else must be in the works, at least I hope so. Without that something else, the deal just makes me mad.

Diane said...

I think part of the reason they made the trade was to clear out a defenseman since we had too many.

They also were trading Clark to clear cap space and get more grit in the lineup.

Emotionally, I feel like our Captain was traded for our arch enemy, for the guy who is the main reason that I've been rooting against the Columbus Blue Jackets.