On February 3rd, Dennis Wideman was dealt a 20 game suspension for his collision with linesman Don Henderson. With that news came some interesting information from the trade mill:
Wideman already had a stint with the Bruins from 2007 to 2010. Through that time, he wasn’t necessarily bad, but he really wasn’t good either. We acquired him through a trade with the St. Louis Blues for Brad Boyes during the 2006-07 season and he didn’t really make a splash for the rest of that season.
However, in the next two years he broke out as a player the Bruins hoped to have out of him and posted 26 goals and 50 apples total and had a +/- of 43 (32 in the 08-09 season alone). He became an anchor on the blue line and owned the role, yet in 2009-10 he became average again. Enough to get traded over with a couple draft picks before the following season for our old pals Nathan Horton and Greg Campbell.
To be honest that trade was the best thing he contributed to this team.
While he did become a pretty big part of this team during his stint in Boston, at this point in his career I don’t think he can be much more than what Kevan Miller is right now.
Their individual statistics aren’t too far off from each other in these last few seasons (with the exception that Keven Miller only played half of the last couple seasons while with Boston). Points aside, they’re also in the same category of players who make some really good plays and then come out of nowhere with some really bad plays.
I don’t really think Boston needs two Kevan Millers.
One of the most important things the Bruins avoided with failing to make the trade is the cap hit Wideman would have.
At 32 years of age Wideman is eating up $5.25 million and could potentially make $6 million next season. His current team, the Calgary Flames, may take some of that off in whatever potential trade that could happen.
Yet that type of money is for a young top-four D-man that is blossoming into a franchise player, not for a short-term deal type of player that is coming off a concussion and a suspension.
Official review: Sweeney’s head is in the right place with the potential trade but not yet on target.
BUT if Sweeney WERE to trade for Wideman, who would he even give up for him?
I really don’t think there’s anyone on the team that would be a good trade for Wideman, I even think our fourth line is too valuable for Wideman given how they’ve all been producing.
If anything it would be a defenseman for a defenseman in this case. If anyone I’d pick Kevan Miller just to break even on production value, but again I’d like to stick with Miller because of the lower cap hit.
McQuaid or Seidenberg make sense to throw into the mix.
McQuaid is a wild card given how he is prone to injuries and his games are occasionally up and down (tbt to the Winter Classic).
Seidenberg is 1.) old and 2.) not all there all the time. YET he does bring a great penalty killing ability and overall vast sense of knowledge.
Wouldn’t get rid of either of them.
Eriksson has been brought into the trade conversation lately. There’s no way at all that he would be traded for Wideman so I don’t even know why I brought him up.
Forget I said that.
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