Dennis Wideman: Stats and Analysis

Kent Wilson
June 27 2012 03:01PM

 

 

As the discussion still rages in the comments section of the last article, it's time to take a closer look at the newest Calgary Flame.

Dennis Wideman is a 29-year old undrafted defender who has become a decent top-4 option from the back-end over the last few years. His coming out party was in 2007-08 with the Bruins when he scored 13 goals and 37 points. He followed that up with a 13-goal, 50-point career season. He regressed heavily as is most players custom after that and, after a brief stint in Florida, ended up in Washington as their 3rd/4th defender.

Wideman is better than average in terms of putting up points on the backend. He's been good for around 40-points a season since establishing himself and has a hard, accurate shot from the point. The Flames certainly addressed a need when the acquired him given the big hole in their top four rotation and their lackluster PP.

On the other hand, he can be clumsily in his own end and prone to the odd give-away. He's never really been in any team's top-2 defense consistently as a result.

The Underlying Numbers

Wideman played the third toughest minutes for the Capitals last year, although the gulf between Karl Alzner and John Carlson and everyone else on the Caps blueline last season was huge. Wideman also started just under 50% of his shifts in the defensive zone, so he wasn't feasting on buttery soft circumstances or anything. His 0.81 even strength points/60 minutes of ice was good for third amongst regular defenders.

Wideman's possession stats were just okay in that role (-1.09 corsi/60, or +2.5 corsi/60 relative). Those were right in the middle of every other defender on the club.

Neil Greenberg counted scoring chances for Washington last year. Wideman's scoring chance ratio was 49.6% over the course of the season, just a hair below a mediocre 50% rating. That suggests he would have been better served with at least slightly easier circumstances*.

the crowd at Japer's Rink described Wideman more or less as a good offensive option who was questionable defensively. The collectively gave him an average grade of "5/10" for the season.

* It's worth noting that in the playoffs, Hunter didn't particularly trust Wideman. He played him the 5th most out of any WAS defender at even strength in the post-season and gave him the easiest zone start ratio (53.9%).

The Risks

Wideman was one of the few decent top-4/offensive options in a fairly shallow UFA pool this year, so he was probably going to get paid by someone. That said, the Flames assume some real risk with this contract due to it's size and length. Wideman has never been an anchor quality defenseman and has probably peaked as capable, but hardly dominating, top-4 defender (particularly behind his own blueline). He turns 30 next March, meaning the huge bulk of his dollars will be paid out during the downslope of his career.

If Wideman sustains his current form for a 3+ years, Flames probably have an at-value proposition here. If he takes a step backwards at any point - particularly sooner rather than later - and they have another contract they'll be looking to dump down the road. There's almost no chance they have him on a plus value deal though (meaning, he will probably never outperform his dollars to any great extent)

I don't know if Feaster means to supplement the current Flames outfit with Wideman or use his addition to get rid of a ticket the club doesn't want (Jay Bouwmeester). If the intention is to replace JayBo with Wideman, well...that's a fairly poor bet. Wideman's better offensively and better on the PP, but all indications are he would get killed playing the sort of minutes Bouwmeester has survived most of his career. Particularly if, like JayBo, his partner is Chris Butler.

Conclusion

Wideman is a better option than, say, Hannan, no doubt, but he's also almost 5-times as much for 5-times as long (so he better be). He adds another weapon to the back-end on the PP and should help one of the more offensively punchless bluelines in the league put up a few more points next year.

He's not a guy that is going to consistently or efficiently shut down the opposition's big guns however. And the heft and length of his new deal means he has to more or less sustain his current form in order to avoid becoming a Sarich-like alabtross down the road.

NHL GM's like to defer risk down the road by inking long-term deals to secure their targets. It's a somewhat sensible strategy because "winning now" is how most managers and coaches are judged (outside of Edmonton at least). That said, if Wideman struggles to any degree and/or if the Flames run in place again, there will be frowns about this contract this time next summer.

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#1 mslepp
June 27 2012, 03:06PM
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Kuba or Colaiacavo would've been better options for much cheaper, IMO.

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#2 jeremywilhelm
June 27 2012, 03:06PM
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Kent, you have a wonderful way of making everything neither good nor bad.

I call you, the neutralizer!

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#3 Cowtown 1989
June 27 2012, 03:07PM
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Just a little known fact. Wideman attended Flames training camp in the past on a try-out but was able to secure a deal with another team and therefore left.

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#4 jeremywilhelm
June 27 2012, 03:08PM
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Kuba is much much older and Colliacovo never plays more than 40 games.

Both have bigger warts than Wideman.

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#7 FireOnIce
June 27 2012, 03:14PM
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I don't know why people are complaining about this deal so much. Before he went to Florida, people 'round these parts wanted him to become a Flame. Go figure. Dude can score a bit and he blocks shots. Flames need that.

Besides, when was anyone around here ever concerned with signing older Capitals' defensemen? Hannan was qualitatively the same, with much fewer points, and was a huge liability in the 10-11 playoffs (his line change cost the Caps the series) - no one had a problem with his contract (albeit shorter and much cheaper). Wideman is a huge upgrade on both Sarich and Hannan, and basically eats up the cap space their UFA-status created.

As far as playing hard minutes, Wideman will do what Feaster tells him to do. When Feaster says jump, Wideman asks how high. When Feaster says get up off those 2 broken legs and play, Wideman asks for another injection of anaesthetic. Just roll him for 30+ minutes a night then eventually bury him in the minors like Wade Redden. I see where this is going.

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#8 RKD
June 27 2012, 03:15PM
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Some of the good things about Wideman is that he has playoff experience, is a right handed shot and fills a void in Calgary's defence.

He is an offensive d-man, his 46 points last season is higher than any of Jay-Bo's last three seasons. Mind you, Jay-Bo is a now a shutdown guy. It's hard to be both.

The contract length could be concerning mostly in years 4-5, it could be a Cory Sarich situation.

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#9 jeremywilhelm
June 27 2012, 03:16PM
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at least Wideman can skate better than Babchuk.

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#10 Casey
June 27 2012, 03:17PM
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Wideman was in the top 20 defenseman for "Time on Ice / Game" at 23:54. Not quite Bouwmeester's 25:57, but pretty darn close. Clearly he can handle playing big minutes. Pretty impressive given that he really isn't a penalty killer and most of his minutes are ES & PP.

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#11 Casey
June 27 2012, 03:19PM
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So here's a question: Let's say Calgary signs Wideman for $4.57M and 4 years. Are we even having this bitch session?

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#13 MangoTanker
June 27 2012, 03:28PM
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mslepp wrote:

Kuba or Colaiacavo would've been better options for much cheaper, IMO.

I agree. Bryan Allen would've been an excellent top 4 addition as well, IMO.

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#14 jeremywilhelm
June 27 2012, 03:37PM
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Well, Feaster says they will be active July 1, so maybe they have someone targeted top 6 in the offseason.

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#15 RKD
June 27 2012, 03:44PM
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While Colaiacovo would have been cheaper, he is more injury prone and puts up less points than Wideman.

Kuba is six years older at 35, better point totals than Colaiacovo but not as good as Wideman. Allen is 31 with lower point totals than Colaiacovo and Kuba.

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#16 MangoTanker
June 27 2012, 03:52PM
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@RKD

True, but Allen played against much tougher opponents than Wideman. His RelCorsi QualComp last year was 1.014 and had an offensive zone start of 40.3%, whereas Wideman had a RelCorsi QualComp of 0.132 with an offensive zone start of 49.0%.

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#17 Graham
June 27 2012, 03:55PM
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Wideman looks to be fully and fairly paid in year one, I just hope it looks reasonable in year 4 and year 5. (it reminds me of the original Sarich contract). We needed to add a decent top 4 d man, an accurate shot from the point will certainly help, but it is hard to judge the signing until we know JBo's status.... Wideman with or without JBo? Wonder if we could find a good home for Babchuk?

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#18 everton fc
June 27 2012, 04:06PM
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Allen's a tough piece of work. I've always liked him. Would have added some serious grit to a sometimes soft backend.

You go with Allen if you want a cheaper, stay-at-home guy who can hit and is efficient with the mitts off.

You go with Wideman if you are looking for offence from someone who can eat 20+ minutes of ice-time.

We chose the latter.

Is he worth the price tag? I wonder...

To me, no one really trusts Feaster & friends just yet. A lot of suspicion and reservation from multiple fans here on Flamesnation.

I am one with reservations... Hoping to be proven wrong. But Wideman is someone we had to look at, as he's a right-handed shot.

Can we keep him and Bouwmeester? I wonder....

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#19 suba steve
June 27 2012, 04:15PM
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Were I a 29 year old player coming off a string of good years and approaching UFA status I would want:

1. To get paid.

2. Significant term, knowing that this whole thing was not going to go on forever.

3. Location, location, location--a nice city with a respected franchise (OK, the respect part is a strech--recently).

4. Playoffs.

5. To keep the wife happy (not sure if Wideman is married).

Would I (as a Flames fan) like less $$ and less term? Yes for sure, but he will be just 34 at the end of this contract--hardly ancient.

As a UFA you hold a lot of power, and that is why most get long term and big money, especially at 25-29yr old. Other then money, the Flames gave up very little to aquire this player. Add a respectable C to the mix, and next year is looking brighter.

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#20 TheoF14
June 27 2012, 04:18PM
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For everyone mentioning Kuba and Colaiacovo, please be quiet. Imagine the conversation we'd be having if either one of them were signed. Seriously, drop it.

If you consider the free agent market right now, Wideman was the most ideal D-man they could have picked up. Even if he only has 3/5 productive years on this deal, I still think it's a good signing. Personally though, I don't think this necessarily paves the way for Boumeester out of town. If we bring in some more offense this year, our defense should be able to get us into the (wait for it)... playoffs. Think about it, we have a decent top 4 defense. We definitely aren't a contender yet, but certainly are a better "bubble" team.

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#21 Scott
June 27 2012, 04:23PM
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Regardless of how much he is getting paid.

We have about 10 mil in cap space left for next year? 1 more big fish and the rest would have to be Rookies or replacement level players would they not?

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#22 Colin
June 27 2012, 04:29PM
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The funniest part of all this is some of the people on twitter making comments about how he was used in Washington are also some of the people calling Hunter one of the worst coaches in the league last year as well.

I like the Wideman signing, yeah its long and expensive, but Garrison, Carle and most others were going to be as well. With Wideman we've addressed an area of need and if we Keep Bouwmeester(if we are seriously moving Bouw because we got Wideman, this team is F'd in the A) we could have some good pairing now matter how you stack it. Gio and Bouw can be a very effective #1 pairing, while Wideman and Butler can make a very attractive #2 with Smith and Brodie a very capable #3. Butler was above his head on the first pairing but with slightly less minutes and a slightly reduced role I think would do a lot better than last year.

As for Carson, Wilson, et al. who all have 1 way contracts, HAVE FUN IN ABBOTSFORD! There will eventually be injures so guys will always get a chance.

The only question remaining is what the hell to do with Babchuk.

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#23 jeremywilhelm
June 27 2012, 04:35PM
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I have a shotgun....

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#24 marty
June 27 2012, 04:35PM
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Well here is my 2 cents. Jbo's contract accounted for 11.76% of the cap the year he was signed and Wideman's 5.25 will account for 7.46%. The fact is the cap is going up and so will the salaries. Especially for a thin FA class. If he would have went to July 1 one would imagine that he would have gotten at least this much. The term is excessive by 1 or 2 years but if he can help the pp i can be justified. If Jbo can continue to play vs the other teams best offensive players in the flames zone and wideman can put some life into the PP this could improve the team, albeit at a heavty price. Also i think what it will come down to is chemistry. My thought is they will put gio with wideman so will they play well together? Time will tell that but in regards to having the cap space to do it the flames had it and spent it, more likely the truth is in the middle and it will depend what feaster does in the next week or so.

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#25 Emir
June 27 2012, 04:38PM
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Theo: "For everyone mentioning Kuba and Colaiacovo, please be quiet. Imagine the conversation we'd be having if either one of them were signed. Seriously, drop it."

Hilarious.

Colin: "The only question remaining is what the hell to do with Babchuk."

Simple solution. We employ the 3 S's. 1) Shoot 2) Shovel 3) Shut Up.

I don't see a scenario that we move JBo. I think this moves signals the org saying lets give it another go. I also hope it helps us on Sunday as well. Players will take note of the move, Agents will take note of the available cap space.

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#26 MangoTanker
June 27 2012, 04:38PM
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TheoF14 wrote:

For everyone mentioning Kuba and Colaiacovo, please be quiet. Imagine the conversation we'd be having if either one of them were signed. Seriously, drop it.

If you consider the free agent market right now, Wideman was the most ideal D-man they could have picked up. Even if he only has 3/5 productive years on this deal, I still think it's a good signing. Personally though, I don't think this necessarily paves the way for Boumeester out of town. If we bring in some more offense this year, our defense should be able to get us into the (wait for it)... playoffs. Think about it, we have a decent top 4 defense. We definitely aren't a contender yet, but certainly are a better "bubble" team.

Exactly my point. This is just another huge contract that a very mediocre team has made to try and fight their way off the "bubble". Building through free agency is not the way to go. The NYR a few years ago overpayed guys like Redden, Gomez, Drury, Roszival, etc. Those guys didn't exactly turn that mediocre team into worldbeaters. It was their other guys, like Lundqvist, Callahan, Staal, Girardi, Mcdonaugh, etc.

Flames management really seem to think that they are just 1 player away from making the playoffs and then making some noise.

Wideman is a top 4 defenceman that can provide some offense, but it's not like he's a defensive stalwart. His contract is expensive and long (and includes a NTC/NMC) which means it has the potential to really blow up in Calgary's face. I thought the Flames were going to go out and try adn get Bryan Allen, a guy who could've play with Bouwmeester, probably wouldn't have been too expensive, and would've been open to a less lengthy contract.

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#27 everton fc
June 27 2012, 04:38PM
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@Colin

I agree - doesn't necessarily mean we have to move JBO.

In fact, we'd be wise to hold onto him now. We have enough space to get a RW, and perhaps a few prospects. Gio and Bouwmeester seem the obvious top pairing, with Butler and Wideman 3-4, Smith & Brodie 5-6.

Not a bad defence.

How much is Allen worth? Just curious.

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#28 jeremywilhelm
June 27 2012, 04:38PM
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Wideman has a full NMC. I am now 100% against this signing and Jay MF Feaster. This guy is a fat moron.

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#29 Emir
June 27 2012, 04:39PM
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@jeremywilhelm

Ok so who will supply the shovel?

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#30 jeremywilhelm
June 27 2012, 04:42PM
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My rage is immeasurable.

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#31 Baalzamon
June 27 2012, 04:50PM
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if Wideman gets offensive starts alongside Giordano, this could end up being VERY lucrative. I guess that would mean Bouwmeester and Butler get roasted by the heavies again.

slightly less lucrative (but probably smarter) to have Wideman play second pair with Butler.

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#32 Emir
June 27 2012, 05:03PM
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I dont think the NMC hurts us that much. I'm fairly certain that isn't the reason why we cant offload Stajan

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#33 T&A4Flames
June 27 2012, 05:06PM
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@ Mango

Ok, I've read all your comments and I want to know exactly what size of contract you think we would have been able to sign any of the guys you mention to. Reality is, signing FA costs money and term and with that comes risk. The fact that we have missed the playoffs the last 3 years makes it that much harder to sign guys.

Watch July 1st, all the guys you mention, unless they sign with their current clubs, they will all be overpaid.

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#34 T&A4Flames
June 27 2012, 05:08PM
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@ Baalzamon

I think a wide open type D-man like Wideman would be good with Butler, a defence first guy, on the 2nd pairing. Gio & Bouw (if he stays) are more 2 way guys that should be the top pairing IMO.

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#35 speeds
June 27 2012, 05:13PM
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Kent:

If you're in Feaster's shoes, what do you do up front to improve CAL's F's?

Go after Parise? Semin? Jokinen?

Think Parise would come to CAL for 64 over 8? Even if he would, is that a contract CAL should offer?

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#36 RexLibris
June 27 2012, 05:33PM
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@Kent

"What gives me pause about this deal is it is likely to splashier than it is effective. It's the kind of move franchises who are afraid to admit they are mediocre (or worse) make in a gambit to fool either their fan base or themselves into thinking they are still contenders."

This is hilarious as in the other thread I mentioned that when I first heard the deal (term and money) the name Sheldon Souray went through my head. And the circumstances that you describe here are virtually identical to those in which the Oilers found themselves the summer they signed him.

I don't have an issue with the trade. In fact I would argue that it was a very good trade by Feaster. The acquisition, in and of itself, makes the team better.

The contract, though, is one that I would be a little more than just nervous about. The apparent lack of any restrictive clauses should make coping with it easier down the road, but regardless of the salary-cap increase, it is still a sizeable commitment by term for such a player.

*edit* I just read that he has a full NMC. Ouch. That alters things a bit. Suffice to say that, as an Oilers fan, a full NMC on that contract makes me smile. Sorry guys.

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#37 Spencer
June 27 2012, 06:13PM
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-This contract makes me nervous. It doesn't replace Bouwmeester by any means. If that is the Flames intention, then I look forward to Mackinnon. -I don't like how much money is tied up in our D. It reminds me of when we had Phaneuf, Regehr and Jbo. Now we have Jbo, Giordano, Wideman, have we improved? that's up for debate. -Although I am currently skeptical, I will try to reserve judgement until training camp starts, as I am sure there will be some more moves that take place (although every year I say this, and Flames manage to prove me wrong by going into training camp with a weird hodgepodge of players)

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#38 JayD54
June 27 2012, 06:14PM
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This is a decent pickup, not a home run deal.

What it does do, though, is fuel the possibility of JayBo moving on. While I like the idea of transacting with St. Louis, also figure that there are others out there that could benefit from a minute muncher on the backend such as Jay.

Oh, and I would like to point out that Mr. Feaster at least is consistent. He told us he would get the second rounder back and he did. He told us he was going to be busy. And the draft and today's transactions are evidence that he will do what he says he'll do.

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#39 Colin
June 27 2012, 06:16PM
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@Rex

The deal isn't Seldon Souray bad, the fact that Wideman can play and done alright at 5v5 is a good thing and instantly makes the deal better than Sourays.

Again the deal makes sense and adresses a need, the Flames needed a top 4 D and they got one, unlike the Oilers who are banking on a kid straight out of college to anchor their D.

The money is a bit high, but when comparing to say Johnny Oduya(3.75m), I'm more than okay with Wideman as who the Flames brought in.

As well the Free agent crop just got a ton thinner, so if you think that Garrison or Carle are going to come any cheaper your off your rocker.

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#40 MangoTanker
June 27 2012, 06:30PM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

@ Mango

Ok, I've read all your comments and I want to know exactly what size of contract you think we would have been able to sign any of the guys you mention to. Reality is, signing FA costs money and term and with that comes risk. The fact that we have missed the playoffs the last 3 years makes it that much harder to sign guys.

Watch July 1st, all the guys you mention, unless they sign with their current clubs, they will all be overpaid.

Allen at less than 3.5 million $, 3 year deal. Not a huge overpayment or a huge long term commitment

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#41 Ralph
June 27 2012, 06:42PM
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I think one factor not yet brought up was his nasty leg injury near the end of the 10-11 season. He didn't really have a typical offseason because of that, and I think it follows that some of his late-season struggles might have been due to playing so much without being able to be in tiptop shape.

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#42 BurningSensation
June 27 2012, 06:45PM
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I like the Wideman deal just fine. We had a hole in our top 4 on D and he fills it nicely. His cap hit is only a concern if we were just coming out of the lockout, as it is, he's fairly paid, and it runs out when he is 34.

I'm hoping we land Semin on a 1-2 year deal to fill out the 2nd line. Nompoint in finishing 9th.

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#43 Derzie
June 27 2012, 07:47PM
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Why is his salary a concern? Are you an owner? What matters is that he is worth of a spot in the top 4 and makes Calgary better. What he gets paid is meaningless. We still have a roster to fill and we are more than a little bit away from being elite so available cash for superstars is not a concern.

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#44 MC Hockey
June 27 2012, 07:49PM
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Deal is defensible to some degree because:

1) Small UFA D-man crop for July 1 and competition for Suter and Garrision likely make Flames lose on them.

2) Need Right-handed shooting D-man, PP help.

3) Next best option under 30 is Colaiacovo who has injury issues, less physical (arguable) but his style is more defensive-minded and apparently Flames wanted offense (at least from this move).

4) His move to Calgary with no obvious connections will perhaps show the Flames are serious about winning and that destination not that bad (especially for Canaadian players).

5) Underlying numbers not brutal such as with Jets signing of goalie Pavelec to 5-year deal at 19.5M.

6) You may have paid even more on July 1, who knows.

7) With improved defensive play, could become a top D-man and replace Bouwmeester if he leaves (and I don't mean now, I think they keep both for a few years).

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#45 schevvy
June 27 2012, 07:59PM
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What is the big fuss about the NMC?? People with NMC's get moved all the time around the league. We've seen it here too, Regher, Langkow, Bourque (?). It's not that big of a deal. If he underperforms he'll probably want out anyway.

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#46 Canucks Suck
June 27 2012, 08:15PM
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Hopefully noone pulls a roberto trolluongo on the flames in that case. But yeah the flames do seem to have a way of moving out NMCs

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#47 suba steve
June 27 2012, 08:22PM
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MangoT

"Allen at less than 3.5 million $, 3 year deal. Not a huge overpayment or a huge long term commitment"

You get Allen's name on that contract,then I will believe it. Allen made $3.15 million in the final year of hisexpiring 5 year deal. He is 31. He is going to want to get paid. Also, a 3 year deal to him expires when he is 34, just like this deal to Wideman. In that case all you are giving up is the 29-30 year old years of the deal, and those are likely to be the most productive for the player.

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#48 T&A4Flames
June 27 2012, 08:36PM
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MangoTanker wrote:

Allen at less than 3.5 million $, 3 year deal. Not a huge overpayment or a huge long term commitment

Seriously?! He has ZERO offense! He is another LH shot. You must have something else.

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#49 ChinookArch
June 27 2012, 08:52PM
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RexLibris wrote:

@Kent

"What gives me pause about this deal is it is likely to splashier than it is effective. It's the kind of move franchises who are afraid to admit they are mediocre (or worse) make in a gambit to fool either their fan base or themselves into thinking they are still contenders."

This is hilarious as in the other thread I mentioned that when I first heard the deal (term and money) the name Sheldon Souray went through my head. And the circumstances that you describe here are virtually identical to those in which the Oilers found themselves the summer they signed him.

I don't have an issue with the trade. In fact I would argue that it was a very good trade by Feaster. The acquisition, in and of itself, makes the team better.

The contract, though, is one that I would be a little more than just nervous about. The apparent lack of any restrictive clauses should make coping with it easier down the road, but regardless of the salary-cap increase, it is still a sizeable commitment by term for such a player.

*edit* I just read that he has a full NMC. Ouch. That alters things a bit. Suffice to say that, as an Oilers fan, a full NMC on that contract makes me smile. Sorry guys.

This signing reminded me of Sourey in Edmonton as well. In fairness to Wideman though he is a better defenseman, a better PP quarterback, and will likely be much better in the dressing room. Of course, Satan would likely have been better in the dressing room compared Sourey's time in Edmonton.

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June 27 2012, 08:54PM
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while you can, i guess, hey kent?

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