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Caps’ Wideman on being jeered as a Bruin: “They were just being Boston fans”

Apr 12, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

Dennis Wideman AP

It’s probably safe to say Dennis Wideman likes playing in Washington. Since being acquired at the 2011 trade deadline, the 28-year-old rearguard made his first ever NHL All-Star game, scored his first career hat trick and finished with his highest point total (45) in three years.

Also safe to say? That Wideman likes playing in Washington far more than he did in Boston.

As’s Joe Haggerty explains it, the end of Wideman’s tenure in Boston was marked by catcalls from Bruins fans, putting him on par with whipping boys of years past (see: Gill, Hal) and present (see: Corvo, Joe).

Wideman says he remembers the boos, but also that he wasn’t playing well.

“I was getting frustrated,” he said. “They’re knowledgeable hockey fans, so I assumed they weren’t too happy with the way I was playing.

“They were just being Boston fans. They don’t put up with that. That’s just the way it is.”

While Wideman says he isn’t using that treatment as fuel for revenge — “I don’t know if I’m motivated by proving anybody wrong,” he explained — his numbers suggest he likes facing his ex-mates. In four games against Boston this year Wideman posted 2G-1A-3PTS while averaging over 25 minutes a night, above his average TOI per game.

Despite these numbers, the Caps defenseman said he holds no grudge towards the organization for shipping him out of town.

“It’s business. That’s the way it works,” he said. “I don’t sit there and say ‘I can’t believe they traded me’ because that’s not how it is.

“Look around and watch the other sports. That’s just the way it works.”

  1. back2backbees - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    every shot from the point was wide man…you deserved it.

    • pastabelly - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      He was a decent offensive defenseman in Boston. His problem was defense.

  2. homelanddefense - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    he was brutal that last year. He was always an offensive defenseman but his turnovers became too much to take. Guy was allowing goals single handed with awful passes out of his own zone.

    He was a -14 that last year, on a team that was mostly plus. Just WAY to many horrible turnovers.

    Even still he is a -39 for his career. That kinda D man doesnt fit well in Boston’s system.

  3. nhbsfan - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    It seems you guys like to stir things up around here. If you read the article he says he expected it because of his poor play. He was simply not a good fit in the Julien defense first system. He was an offensive defenseman and wasn’t terribly reliable in his own zone. The Caps are just a better fit for him.

    Here’s a better article where it talks about how he was rooting for the Bruins last year…

    “Wideman said he still keeps in touch with many of his ex-teammates in Boston, before adding, “Not now though. We’re not talking anymore.” He was still rooting for the Bruins last year during their Cup run, though those feelings are a little different now that he’s going head-to-head with the reigning champs in the opening round.

    “Yeah, I was,” Wideman said. “Not this year.”

    • homelanddefense - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      who is stirring things up? No one is killing Wideman for saying what he said, just commenting, like he did, that his place was sub par.

      • nhbsfan - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        The headline seemed designed to attract users like Habsman to just rant about Boston fans. It seems like what he said as a whole was not an indication he had some problem with Boston fans, but the headline sort of read that way. Just my .02…


    • homelanddefense - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      who is stirring things up? No one is killing Wideman for saying what he said, just commenting, like he did, that his play was sub par.

  4. habsman - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    “They were just being Boston fans”

    Translation: They were rude, whiny, classless, cry-babies. Ask Bill Buckner for example. Nothing new here.

    • homelanddefense - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Its hard to make that argument when you come on here an act like a jackass all the time

  5. pastabelly - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Wideman is owning the fact that he sucked in his final season in Boston. It’s nothing that we all didn’t see. He actually played decent in the playoffs that year. But Claude expects more from his defensemen and Wideman was a freaking sieve and Boychuck was coming around. It made sense to deal him. I really don’t give a crap that he made the all-star game. He is not as good of a defenseman for the Boston system as Chara, Seidenberg, Boychuck, Ferrence, or McQuaid.

  6. BHN Dan - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Wideman had his struggles in that last year, as did that entire team.

    He rebounded to lead the team in playoff scoring in the two rounds the B’s played in. Talk to most Bruins “fans” and he’s the ZOMG WORST DEFENSEMAN EVER. Talk about having selective memories.

    Speaking as one, Boston fans always need something to blame: Wes Welker in the Super Bowl, chicken and beer for the Red Sox, Joe Corvo this year…this list goes on.

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