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Dennis Wideman traded to Calgary, signs five-year, $26.25 million deal with Flames

Jun 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames have signed Dennis Wideman to a five-year, $26.25 million deal after acquiring the 29-year-old defenseman’s rights from the Washington Capitals for minor-leaguer Jordan Henry and a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

Wideman’s annual cap hit works out to $5.25 million.

For Flames GM Jay Feaster, the deal represents a fulfillment of his promise to make significant changes to a club that’s missed the playoffs three straight seasons.

“We have a lot of things we’re planning on doing,” Feaster said earlier this week.

“Trades are one of those things, and we’re going to continue to have conversations on the trade front. And free agency is another.”

Or, as it turns out, both.

Wideman is coming off a 46-point season with the Caps in which he averaged 23:54 of ice time per game. However, with Mike Green needing a new contract and 22-year-old John Carlson there to provide offense from the back end, Wideman’s salary demands apparently didn’t make sense for Washington to meet.

In a related story, the rest of the league now has one fewer UFA defenseman to bid on, good news for the likes of Ryan Suter, Jason Garrison and Matt Carle.

Then again, maybe Jay Bouwmeester’s available now?

  1. govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    All I can figure is that Feaster’s DVR broke at the All Star break, and he just didn’t get to see any film of Wideman after that point. Nothing else makes sense.

  2. biasedhomer - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Pretty big contract for a player who plays little defense. Wideman and Jay Bo on the 1st pairing would get shredded.

    • danphipps01 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      I figure Bouwmeester’s getting dealt. Feaster’s said they’re not spending near to the cap if they can avoid it, and without dealing at least one of their three biggest contracts (Iginla, Bouwmeester and Kiprusoff), they can’t avoid it. If I’m Feaster, I’m dealing the worst of the three, and the one who the fans DON’T revere as the soul of the franchise.

      Besides, Giordano can hop up and fill Bouwmeester’s slot. Nobody in the entire Flames system can replace either of the other two.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Bouwmeester actually plays pretty good defense, it’s the fact that they signed him to a big contract to be an offensive defenseman and he hasn’t don’t anything in the offensive zone that has him on the block. I don’t know too much about Wideman, seems like a big contract but. I guess if he provides some much needed O from the back end and they can find a trade partner for Bouwmeester then it will work out.

      Hopefully Feaster didn’t give him a no movement clause…I really hope those went away with Sutter.

      • claysbar - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        He has a full NTC and at 6.68 mill a year for two more years, that’s a tough contract to trade, possible, but tough.

  3. danaking - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    How do these long-term deals get done so quickly? Free agency won’t start until noon on Sunday, yet multi-million dollar deals will be signed that afternoon. If that’s the first day teams can negotiate with free agents, how does that kind of decision get done so quickly, unless there’s a gentleman’s agreement that allows early negotiation, which I doubt. (Understanding the Wideman case is slightly different, as he never actually became a free agent, though Calgary sure signed him in a heartbeat after acquiring his rights.)

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      A lot of those deals actually do get done really quickly, and get done before any news gets out about them.

    • claysbar - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Washington probably allowed Calgary to negotiate the deal with Wideman as a condition prior to the trade. Would probably only have been the 5th rounder if it was just his rights, add in Jordan Henry for the right to negotiate.

  4. capsfan19 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Totally and completely with govtminion. He does not deserve that sort of contract. He’s lucky!

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Jeez, makes you wonder what a team will have to pay to wrap up Suter.

    • claysbar - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      I doubt that Suter’s people will even sit at the table till at least 7 mill is the teams starting offer.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      while i agree 5.25 a year is an overpayment for wideman, suter will be hailing between 6-7 easy. this doesnt affect suter much, just makes calgary look dumb

  6. rockthered1286 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Smart move by the Caps. Prospects in exchange for a guy you had no intention of bringing back. Holtby just watched his GAA drop a little lower with Wideman out of the equation.

    • danphipps01 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Yyyyep. This is addition by subtraction for the Capitals. Those prospects could turn out to be complete busts and they still won’t be any worse off than they would have been. That team, like most teams, is better without Wideman’s services than with.

  7. chrism516 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Over 5 mil for Wideman? C’mon man!

    • danphipps01 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Welcome to Calgary. Leave any hope of victory at the door.

  8. grillmarks - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    What a lucky bastard… as the aforementioned comments are correct. Has way too many holes in his game to get this kind of dough.

  9. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Wow. As if Calgary’s draft wasn’t puzzling enough….

  10. lsxphotog - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    NOT…WORTH…THAT…MONEY. Feaster is on a rampage of strange moves.

  11. babar61 - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    I hate the flames but even I am starting to feel bad for their fans…this move seems to indicate another “reload” rather then a rebuild this summer. What a gross overpayment for wideman!

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