Originally written June 27, 2012 on New England Sports React:
                          Wideman was the Capital’s fifth defenseman during the playoffs last year and had a plus/minus of -7. The Washington Capitals traded former Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman to the Calgary Flames for a fifth round pick in next years draft and young defenseman Jordan Henry.  Right after the trade became official, Calgary signed Wideman to a 5 year $26.25 million contract.  No wonder the Flames never make the playoffs, this is a complete waste of money.  Wideman is a minus player every year, and yes he does have an offensive upside he is not worth this kind of money.  His salary with be over five million dollars a year.  This is absurd for a mediocre defenseman.  As Bruins fans know, he can be down right awful in his own end and the offense is not always there for him.  I cannot believe the Flames overpaid this much for Wideman.  I guess they will have to learn the hard way that he is not a good defenseman.  This move comes less than a week after Calgary wasted their first round draft pick on a high school kid from Canada that has never even played in the top Junior system, the CHL.  Calgary continues to make poor decisions and I do not foresee them making the playoffs any time soon. - Jonathan Duncan  
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