The Islanders have sent LW Jason Chimera to the Ducks in exchange for C Chris Wagner, the team announced Monday.
Chimera, 38, is in his 17th year in the NHL, and it was his second season with the Isles. He played in all 82 games last season, posting 33 points (20 goals, 13 assists). This season, however, his numbers dipped with just 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 58 games.
Chimera last played on Feb. 13, as he has seen healthy scratches recently.
Wagner, 26, was a fifth-round pick by Anaheim back in 2010. After a brief stint with the Avalanche in 2015, he returned to the Ducks.
In his first full season with the team this year, he has totaled 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 64 games.
Andrew Battifarano, SNY: And thus ends the Jason Chimera Era in Brooklyn.
While he was a productive bottom-six forward last season, Chimera quickly regressed this year, and was about as unproductive as one could get. Not only were his point totals low, but his possession numbers were outright brutal (take a look at Hockey Reference and Corsica if you get the chance). He'd taken up a lot of ice time until getting scratched a number of times, which irked fans to no end.
It's not as if Wagner is a huge upgrade in terms of offensive upside, but he can be a decent penalty killer, and probably will fill a role on the fourth line better than Chimera. Taking a look at his numbers, he's started over 56 percent of his zone starts in the defensive end this season, so I'm curious to see how the Isles will deploy him when he suits up in blue and orange for the first time.
In another uneventful trade deadline for Garth Snow, the biggest takeaway is Chimera will no longer take up any more ice time. So, at least there is one small positive to glean.