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Monday, February 28, 2011

Capitals Acquire Dennis Wideman

The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers, according to Caps Senior Writer Mike Vogel.  The deal sends Washington's 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft and prospect Jake Hauswirth to the Panthers in exchange for Wideman.  Long story short, I like this deal.  We have the organizational depth at the moment to  be able to trade away a third round pick, and Hauswirth was a long shot to make the NHL anyway, with limited upside. Wideman is a big, physical defender who can move the puck well and who can lock it up on defense well too.  What's more, he has a year left on his deal, and gives the Capitals an experienced man  to run the power play while Mike Green recovers from his multiple injuries.
However, this trade puts the Capitals over the salary cap.  More is definitely coming, whether that be in the form of men being put on injured reserve, guys being sent down to the minors, or trades.

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