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UFA spotlight — Dennis Wideman

Jun 27, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

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All week leading up to July 1, we’ll be profiling unrestricted free agents and speculating where they might end up.

Dennis Wideman (D)

Age: 29

2011-12 cap hit: $3.94 million

The skinny:

Although Wideman’s expressed interest in re-signing with the Washington Capitals, it’s becoming increasingly likely he’ll test free agent waters. That should be intriguing to a number of teams, as he’s reached or surpassed the 40-point mark in three of his last four years and he eats minutes like few others.

After Ryan Suter, Wideman will likely get the richest contract out of all the blueliners projected to enter the unrestricted free agent market. The Detroit Red Wings are a potential suitor, although they’re expected to prioritize the Nashville blueliner.

Similarly, the Philadelphia Flyers might go after Wideman. He’ll likely have a lower cap hit than Suter and that’s key, because the Flyers don’t have a lot of breathing room between them and the ceiling. That said, Philadelphia’s interest in obtaining a defenseman is less urgent now that Luke Schenn‘s in the fold.

If Suter signs first, the teams that pursued him will probably turn their attentions to Wideman. As a result, he should end up with plenty of possible destinations to choose from.

Update: He signed with the Calgary Flames.

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  1. lucicfan603 - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Who isn’t Philly going after it should just be assumed that Philly is after the entire free agency pool

  2. capsfan19 - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Dude had an amazing first half of the season. After the all-star game, however, he was terrrrrriibbbbblllleeee.

  3. oviii8 - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    dont get him.. cant skate

  4. broadstbully33 - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    everyone wants to be a flyer and play with the best …..but only a select few can….sorry ufa’s we pick and choose

    • govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Competent goaltenders need not apply.

    • crosberries - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      Except suter and parise

  5. lucicfan603 - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Play with the best? The word best and flyers shouldn’t be used in the same sentence

  6. GenoPringles - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Only the mentally challenged want to play in Filthy

  7. broadstbully33 - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    genopringles finally came out of hiding after pity was humiliated by the best player in the world….sorry buddy your words carry no weight when u disappear for weeks after pity lost

    • drunkbro - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      genopringles was on suicide watch for awhile there.. glad hes ok

  8. dougr42 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM


  9. rockthered1286 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Wideman is GOOD, but not nearly as good as this article makes him sound. He tailed off terribly after the all star break, he can eat minutes, but his defensive play is subpar, as is his speed.

    I’ll catch some flack for this but let it be said: I’d rather keep Mike Green for his defensive play that has drastically improved, than Wideman.

  10. epictron1 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I really think the Flyers will get Wideman. He’s pretty much Matt Carle with a right-handed shot, which the Flyers desparately need.

  11. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Could a Caps fan (or someone more familiar than I with them) give me the unadulterated dirty on this guy? Depending on how things play out in the Parise/Sutter realm, the Pens might take a look at Wideman. From what I remember he was a solid defenseman who was above average offensively but wasn’t the strongest skater in the world. This assessment is based off of the 4 games against the Pens last year so its a very small sample size. Am I way off here? Is he looking for more than 4.5 a year?

  12. mclovinhockey - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    @ the pens fan asking about widemen. He is pretty much the exact opposite of what you just said. He produces points well but his defensive skills are lacking. Your team just dropped a talented guy who was paid about 4 mill and has been trying to drop another very talented player who is paid 5 mill. If the pens get him it would help in the shoot outs we call matches between Philly and Pitt but dumping around 4.5 on a guy who not good defensively is not the move Pitt should be doing.
    Not sure you trust me since I am a flyers fan but hockey is like a religion to me

  13. govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Scratch that- he’s a Calgary Flame for the next five years, traded and signed immediately.

    • govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Five years, 5.25 million a year? Are you kidding me? FEASTER, what the hell, man?

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