Chimera comes to Orange County in the middle of the worst season of his NHL career. At 38-years-old, the Edmonton, Alberta native has managed only 2-9-11 totals in 58 games played with one of the NHL’s top offenses.
An unrestricted free agent following this season, Chimera enjoyed the pinnacle of his career while playing with Washington from 2009-’16. He achieved three 20-goal campaigns with the Caps, as well as posted a career-high 42 points in 82 games in 2013-’14.
Chimera will likely slide into the fourth line’s left wing position for what seems to be one last stab at a Stanley Cup.
In return, New York is receiving 26-year-old Wagner, a native of Walpole, Mass. – a suburb approximately 30 miles southwest of Boston. A fifth-round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, Wagner made his NHL debut with the Ducks in 2014-’15. Since then, he’s played at least half an NHL season for both of the last two campaigns, as well as 64 games this season.
Given his previous performance, Wagner is experiencing a breakout season this year. In 64 games this year, he’s posted 6-9-15 totals to elevate his career marks to 16-12-28.
If you’ve heard Wagner’s name before, it was likely during the Ducks’ recent run to the Western Conference Finals. He provided one goal in Game 3 against the Oilers, as well as a goal apiece in Games 5 and 6 against the Predators.
With the Isles only two points behind Columbus for the second wild card, that playoff experience could prove valuable should New York qualify for the postseason for the third time in four seasons.
Just like Chimera, Wagner is also a pending unrestricted free agent come this offseason, but his $637.5 thousand cap hit is well below Chimera’s $2.25 million.