Clark & Jurcina fitted for Blue Jackets

TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting that Milan Jurcina has been traded to Columbus. Details to follow.

Update: Elliotte Friedman is now reporting that the full trade is Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina for Jason Chimera.

Corey Masisak reports that a Caps team official confirms the reports of Clark and Jurcina for Chimera.

Here is the official word from the Caps:

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).

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.

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8 Responses to Clark & Jurcina fitted for Blue Jackets

  1. Nate Hewitt says:

    I loved Captain Clark, I wish him nothing but success.

  2. dcsportsfan says:

    emotions aside, this sounds like a good deal for both sides. caps shed over $2M of salary cap space for this year and about $800K next year. chimera will cost $1.875 the year after. not too much. from the blue jackets scouting report, chimera will add speed and no doubt some of the toughness we’ve been looking for. good nose for the net but not much of a stick handler. as much as i like clark, this seems to be a talent upgrade. no doubt jurcina was expendable. played well, but his big shot does him no good when it goes 10 feet over the net. he’s got upside. hope it works out well for those guys in cbus.

  3. Jim says:

    Logistics aside, who will be the new captain? I feel like either a veteran needs the gig or a young guy with maturity and poise beyond his years…Backstrom? Knuble? Poti? Green? Erskine? I have no idea. Ovechkin should focus on being Ovechkin IMO. While as DCSPORTSFAN said, this is probably a talent upgrade and a salary shed, Caps still need a d-man. In GMGM we trust.

  4. Jim says:

    Almost forgot Brooks Laich! There’s a guy with captain material.

  5. Sam says:

    I’m glad Jurcina is gone (definitely my least favorite player), but Clark… ugh.

    @Jim: I’d put Brendan Morrison in there before Green or Erskine. My picks would be (of course, they mean very little since I don’t play with these guys so I can’t judge their leadership characteristics, but simply as a fan) Knuble as C and Ovechkin, Laich, BMorrison as As. (I had to strip Poti of his for my fantasy captain picks). I agree with you that Ovechkin should focus on being himself and playing good hockey. I do have a feeling they’ll give it to him though.

  6. bucknelldad says:

    Caps will take their time on naming a captain, which is smart. A leader will emerge, probably Laich or Knuble, but only BB knows the locker room dynamics. This trade smells like the first shoe — making room under the cap for a big acquisition (hopefully a D like Dion Phaneuf, who is not having a great year in Calgary and is EXACTLY what the Caps could use at the blueline). Face it, Clarkie may be a great guy but neither he nor Jurcina were contributing much — especially Jurcina, who is going to be a UFA when the season ends and was highly inconsistent while whining about his salary (remember, he went to arbitration after last season). Probably a good move for both teams — Jurcina will get a coach in Hitch who knows/understands/breathes defense. As for Chimera, we’ll see – worried about his high PM’s, lack of consistency, but his style appears to mesh with other Capital forwards – can see him filling Clark’s slot on the checking line with more speed, more strength in front of the net.

  7. Gang,

    At GMGM’s 5:30 presser, when asked about replacing Clark, he said, “Out of respect for Chris we’ll do this right,” meaning, no immediate replacement and a careful, deliberate selection process.

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