Production Since All-Star Game: 0G, 2A
Jason Chimera’s 2016-17 NHL season ended on a high note. In his final game of the season he was able to notch a goal to reach the 20 goal mark. Something no one thought he’d do at the start of the year. Remember, it took him till mid November to score his first goal of the season.
So when the 2017-18 season rolled around it was fair to think that Chimera could have a good season. Not a 20 goal, 30 point year. But a year that would make the $2.25 million the 38-year-old was getting worth it.
Before the All-Star Game, Chimera had a total of nine points on the year. Through 50 games on the year, Jason Chimera had nine points. Putting him on pace for 15 on the year. Fifteen. At the same point in 2016-17 Chimera had 19 points on the season.
At 38-years-old we knew that Jason Chimera would eventually hit a wall in terms of productivity. But I think we all also knew that when that time came the team would respectfully place Chimera on the bench and allow some of the youth to play in his place.
That hasn’t been the case. Jason Chimera continues to get ice-time. He got a full eleven minutes on the ice against Nashville.
There’s no reason to think that Chimera will be able to continue this form. His two points over the last two games is an absolute blip in a disapointing season. Chimera’s season has revealed two things. First, that his NHL career might be reaching it’s end. And second, we can’t trust the coaching staff to bench veterans when they aren’t performing.