Caps Acquire D-man Wideman from Florida

February 28, 2011 | Ed Frankovic

The Washington Capitals have made their first NHL trade deadline move acquiring right handed shooting defensemen Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers in exchange for ECHL forward Jake Hauswirth and the Caps third round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry draft.

Below is the rest of the info from the Caps press release, followed by my comments on the deal:

Wideman, 27, is a seven-year NHL veteran who has played for the St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins and the Panthers. The 6’, 200-pound defenseman has appeared in 439 career NHL games, recording 55 goals, 143 assists and 325 penalty minutes. This season, Wideman has 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) and 33 penalty minutes while playing in 61 games for the Panthers.

Wideman, who will wear No. 6 with the Capitals, set career highs in assists (37), points (50) and tied his career-high in goals (13) during the 2008-09 campaign with the Bruins. He also registered a career-high +32 rating and helped lead Boston to first overall in the Eastern Conference. An eighth-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres, 241st overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, Wideman made his NHL debut while a member of the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 9, 2005.

Hauswirth, 23, collected 14 points (10 goals, 4 assists) in 37 games with the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) this season. Hauswirth was signed as a free agent by Washington on Mar. 26, 2009.

COMMENTS: For those of you that have followed my blog, seen my On Frozen Blog video from last Friday night, or heard me on air with Nestor Aparacio on WNST this morning you know that the Capitals were likely going to add another defensemen and one that could help offensively, specifically on the power play. Wideman is a blue liner who can do that and the price was relatively cheap. Wideman is not a rental, he is signed for next season as well and will make $4.5M in 2011-12. His salary cap hit will be $3.875M next season.