Jackets trade Jason Chimera to Caps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The

Washington Capitals have acquired left wing Jason Chimera

(chih-MAIR-uh) from Columbus in a trade that sends right wing Chris

Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to the Blue Jackets.

Chimera has eight goals and nine assists this season, along with 47

penalty minutes — more than anyone on Washington’s roster. The deal

moves him from the last-place Blue Jackets to a Capitals club that

leads the Eastern Conference.

Clark was in

his fifth year with the Capitals, his fourth as the team’s captain. He

has four goals and 11 assists this season. Jurcina was in his fourth

season with Washington and part of a crowded group of defensemen.

The trade was announced a few hours before Washington was to host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.

Received 12/28/09 04:22 pm ET