Wideman was a mid-season pick-up in a lot of pools, including the Sherpa's, last season with a scoring campaign of 13 goals and 23 assists in 81 games for the Bruins, which left him in pretty good shape on the blueline. In only his third NHL season, Wideman has slowly become a very sturdy defenseman, with some offensive upside. He scored 24 & 25 points in his first two seasons, respectively, and improved to 36 with Boston this past season. Another jump in performance could mean good things for pool owners this coming season, which could slide him into the pool sleeper category.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, they have now reached a point where they can smell the cap ceiling, with the 22 players signed below. Those 22 have a cap hit value of $56.2 million, which only leaves $500,000 for their last player, which could be Petteri Nokelainen, who will earn over $800,000 and put them over the cap ceiling. It looks as though a deal or two will have to be swung for some cap control, which always puts a little twinkle of interest in our eyes.
|Marc Savard||Zdeno Chara||Tim Thomas|
|Marco Sturm||Dennis Wideman||Manny Fernandez|
|Chuck Kobasew||Andrew Ference|
|Phil Kessel||Aaron Ward|
|Michael Ryder||Shane Hnidy|
|Glen Murray||Mark Stuart|