Have to say, I've never been Jason Chimera's fan, just like I've never been Semin's fan, but that's what it is about, it's a team of the hockey players trying to reach the common goal...
Edmonton Journal, August 29, 2011:
There are critics who maintain that Ovechkin, who is the captain, has to become more vocal in the Capitals dressing room to chew some people out. But Chimera dismisses that notion.
"Ovie is one of the best guys to follow on the ice, watching how he competes. I mean, nobody wants to win a Stanley Cup more than him. I don’t think he has to get on guys’ butts in the dressing room. Collectively, we can do that," said Chimera, who refused to talk about much respected role player Bradley and his recent comment about Semin.
"There’s pressure on all of us to get that championship ring. You don’t have teams with the talent we do ... it doesn’t happen every day, so you have to win. Eventually, this team’s going to get older.
The new style wasn’t an adjustment for me, coming from Columbus, and playing for Hitch (Ken Hitchcock). I fit right in. But for Ovie and Backstrom it was a big difference," says Chimera. "I know there were games where we’d come back from (being down) 5-2 and win 6-5 or rally from 7-2. It was crazy how many goals we could score."
"Getting an experienced goalie like Vokoun (Florida Panthers) after losing Varlamov was huge and we got him for a pretty good price in this market. And Hamrlik? He brings tons of experience," says Chimera.