With the NHL trade deadline at 3pm today and the Caps looking to make a moves, they added some depth trading prospect Jake Hauswirth (1o goals, 4 assists in 37 games in South Carolina this season) and a 2011 NHL Entry Draft 3rd round pick to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dennis Wideman.
Wideman is 27 years old and in his 7th NHL season. He has 9 goals and 24 assists in 61 games for the Florida Panthers this season. Wideman was traded from the Boston Bruins in the offseason to Florida and has one year remaining on his deal at a little more then 3.937 million dollars. His best season came in 2008-2009 for the Bruins when he had 13 goals, 27 assists and was +32. He is a puck moving defenseman who can play on the power play and penalty kill and was brought in for added depth due to health concerns with Tom Poti (groin) and Mike Green (head).
Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau said on Wideman “I don’t think we could’ve made a better defensive pick up then that”. Capitals winger Marco Sturm, who played with Wideman in Boston for four seasons said “He was our best defenseman in the playoffs”.
The Capitals also held a practice this morning without Mike Green and Semyon Varlamov. Green is still in Calgary due to the death of his Grandmother, he is also listed as day to day after taking another shot to the head. He will miss Tuesday and Thursday’s game, but they expect him back for the Sunday and Monday games in Florida. Tom Poti skated today but left the ice when the contact part of practice started and there is still no time-table on his return. There also isn’t a time-table on the return of Eric Fehr, but Fehr practiced fully today and felt good afterwards. Semyon Varlamov is listed as day to day and the Caps will decide what they want to do for a back up goaltender tomorrow later today.
The #Caps forward lines this morning were: 8-19-22, 18-90-28, 25-21-83, 26-39-10, 16-15-17. Check out what Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Marco Sturm, Scott Hannan, Matt Hendricks and Eric Fehr had to say following today’s practice.
Bruce Boudreau Practice Audio
Alex Ovechkin Practice Audio
Nicklas Backstrom Practice Audio
Marco Sturm Practice Audio
Matt Hendricks Practice Audio
Scott Hannan Practice Audio
Eric Fehr Practice Audio
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