Washington Capitals Acquire Dennis Wideman In Deadline Day Trade

The Washington Capitals added some needed depth to their blueline on deadline day, adding Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers.

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Dennis Wideman Traded To Washington Capitals, Expects To Be In Lineup Tuesday

Dennis Wideman, the newest member of the Washington Capitals, hopped on TSN's TradeCentre and chatted with the panel following his trade from Florida to D.C.

He was still in Florida as of the call and had only talked with Caps general manager George McPhee briefly, but he said that he's expected to be in the lineup with his new club on Tuesday night when Washington takes on the New York Islanders. 

When asked where he'll fit in on the Caps blueline, he said that he hadn't spoken with Bruce Boudreau yet, but that he can help "on the power play and in the breakout game."

Wideman talked about the different frame of mind that he'll encounter in the Capitals dressing room, where the team is gearing up for the postseason, as opposed to the Panthers locker room, where the players are essentially gearing up for summer.

As for playing with Alex Ovechkin, Wideman said that he's "good without having to chase him around anymore." 

For more on the Capitals, check in with Japers' Rink.

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Washington Capitals Acquire Dennis Wideman In Deadline Day Trade

The Washington Capitals have added some much needed depth to their blueline on this deadline day, acquiring Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers. The Caps send prospect Jake Hauswirth to the Panthers, along with a third-round pick in June, to Florida. 

For Dale Tallon and the Panthers, the motivation is simple: clear cap space. It's his second space-clearing deal of this deadline day for his club after they sent veteran forward Radek Dvorak to the Atlanta Thrashers earlier in the day. With the two moves, the Panthers have cleared almost $5 million in space. 

Wideman has a cap hit of just under $4 million, with another year left on the deal beyond the current season. For the Caps, the motivation is also obvious. Wideman provides the club with necessary depth to create success in the postseason. He can move the puck well and with Mike Green out of the lineup for an undetermined amount of time, Wideman will immmediately help.

Hauswirth isn't much of a prospect. Currently toiling in the ECHL, he went undrafted when eligible in 2006. He made the jump to the pros two seasons ago and missed out on joining the absolutely stacked Hershey Bears prior to this season. Perhaps he'll get more of a shot in the Panthers organization.

For more on the deal from the Caps perspective, check in with Japers' Rink. For more from the Florida perspective, check in with Litter Box Cats.

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