Originally posted on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 1/21/13
Jason Chimera, a left-wing for the Washington Capitals, is known by fans as the chirpy, speed skater who is a solid all-around player. On Saturday night, he recorded one assist on the Caps second goal in the first game of the season. Rockthered caught up with Chimera and asked him his thoughts on new coach Adam Oates, the season ahead, and the home opener game tomorrow night. Image from Capitals Club Scarlet. Q: I don't want to talk about the lockout since it's over, but is there one insight that you gained from it? Chimera: That it was not necessary, I think. That's the biggest insight I have. Q: The season started Saturday, but we've only had one game to judge Coach Oates new coaching style. What do you think we can expect to see from him this season? I know you played with him in Edmonton in 2003. Chimera: Yeah, well it's hard to judge after one game, especially with all the powerplays and penalties, but he's an up-tempo guy, and he's an offensive guy, so he's pretty open with communication, so that's good. Q: I remember Oates said he told management that they didn't have to pay him since he's played so bad that season. That's not the punishment he has for you guys, right? Chimera: Yeah, no, I hope not! Q: What do you expect from the season, with the shortened schedule and everything else? Chimera: Well, you gotta get on your way, I think it's important to get a good start. If you wait too long to get going, you'll get behind. There's only 47 games left now, you really gotta get going to get those points up. Q: Are you excited to start on Tuesday in front of everybody at Verizon Center? Chimera: Oh yeah, it'll be fun. Anytime you play in front of Verizon Center it's a cool game. You've got everyone out in red, it's like a red-out, and when we're playing our fans are pretty loud so it's gonna be great.  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL owners approve Raiders relocation to Las Vegas

Laettner taunts Kentucky after Elite Eight heartbreaker

Chargers finally sell out season tickets after two months

Report: Heat still hoping to trade Bosh

Report: Kaepernick wants $9 million, chance to start

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jose Canseco to join NBC Sports California for A’s coverage

NFL owners to rake in absurd money in relocation fees

Report: Childs facing aggravated assault, pot possession charges

Report: Browns looking to ‘make another run’ at Garoppolo

NFL Annual Meeting primer: Raiders, rule proposals, etc.

Why the Celtics have a chance against the Cavs in the playoffs

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker