With hours to go before the NHL trade deadline, the Capitals acquired another puck-moving, offensively-oriented defenseman, acquiring Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers in exchange for minor league center Jake Hauswirth and a third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Wideman, 27, is in the midst of his seventh season in the NHL. He has previously spent time with the St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, and Florida Panthers. He was traded from Boston to Florida during this past offseason, along with the Bruins' first-round pick in the 2010 Draft and third-round pick in the 2011 Draft, in exchange for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell.
Wideman had played 61 games for Florida this year, scoring nine goals and recording 33 total points. After the current season, Wideman has one year remaining on the 4-year, $15.75 million contract extension he signed while a member of the Bruins following the 2007-08 season. That extension will count against the salary cap to the tune of $3.93 million per year.
Hauswirth, 23, recorded 10 goals and 14 total points in 37 games with the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) this season.
In concrete terms, the deal means that the Capitals, as of this moment, do not have either a second or third-round pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft. The Capitals traded their second-round pick at the 2010 trade deadline, along with Brian Pothier and Oskar Osala in exchange for defenseman Joe Corvo.
Video of Wideman's reaction to the trade can be found here at the Miami Herald.
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