Isles add speed, sign Chimera for two years

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Jason Chimera may be 37 years old, but he can still fly out there.

That’s why the Islanders felt comfortable signing the veteran winger to a two-year deal with a reported cap hit of $2.25 million.

Chimera had 20 goals last season for Washington. The Capitals want to give their young guys a chance to replace him, but they’ll miss him all the same.

“There aren’t that many 20-goal guys that can skate like Jason Chimera in the National Hockey League,” coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s a veteran guy who brings energy. I said to him, ‘If you keep taking care of yourself the way you are, (you) can play until (you’re) 45.’ I think he’s going to get a three-year deal somewhere in the National Hockey League. He’s got a 28-year-old body on him and I don’t think he’s going to get any slower in the next year or two.”

Chimera, along with Andrew Ladd, will help replace Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen next season in Brooklyn.