If there was anyone who stood out the most during the first scrimmage of this still-young Capitals training camp on Sunday, it was wily veteran Jason Chimera . With uncanny and nearly unrivaled speed, he took advantage of some of the younger defensmen who may have never faced someone quite like him before.
"I guess if you've got speed, you're a little more up to speed than other guys," Chimera said. "I don't know. I like to be sharp in camp. It's good to start on a good note, even though it's just camp; it's nice to play well and not necessarily start hitting guys. . . . You don't want to hurt any teammates and do that stuff. But if you can get the passing and the shooting and stuff, it's nice to get that going, that's for sure."
With his combination of speed and strength, along with something of a mean streak when he needs it, Chimera has brought grittiness and power-forward style to the Capitals since he arrived via trade from Columbus for Milan Jurcina and Chris Clark in late December last season.
Through seven previous full campaigns in the NHL, he's seen his fair share of coaching styles and training camp philosophies between his stints with Edmonton and Columbus before taking part in his first Capitals camp.
"Everyone's different. Everyone's got their own little things that they do," Chimera said. "Edmonton's camp seemed like it was jail it was so hard sometimes. At those camps we'd do a five-mile run, but they lightened up a little when guys started pulling groins and getting hurt the first day of camp. The [first Capitals] practice was hard. It was good. It was nice to get your legs under you and the skate was nice to just get everyone going."
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