Caps Move Wideman for Henry, PickPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding last weekend’s bust draft activity and the naming of Adam Oates as the team’s 16th head coach this week, the Washington Capitals found time to swing a minor trade today. The Caps sent the rights to defenseman Dennis Wideman to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jordan Henry and the Flames’ fifth-round choice in the 2013 NHL Draft. Wideman gains unrestricted free agent status at noon this Sunday, July 1. The Caps weren’t interested in retaining his services for next season, so they were able to move his rights in exchange for an asset, the fifth-round pick. The deal gave Calgary an exclusive window of about four days in which to attempt to come to terms with Wideman on a contract, and the Flames announced they had signed the defenseman to a five-year deal worth a total of $26 million shortly after the trade was consummated. Wideman, 29, came to the Caps in a Feb. 28, 2011 deal with the Florida Panthers. The right-handed rearguard was Washington’s representative at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa. In 96 games with the Capitals, Wideman totaled a dozen goals and 41 assists for 53 points. He had three assists in 14 playoff contests during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Henry, 26, is a five-year pro who has not played in the NHL. His most recent NHL activity came in 2010-11 with Chicago when he totaled one goal in 37 games. A 6-foot-3, 195-pound native of High River, Alta., Hendry is a right-handed shot. Calgary was at its limit of 50 contracts before the deal, so it needed to move one of its contracted players in the swap in order to accommodate Wideman. Like Wideman, Henry becomes an unrestricted free agent on Sunday.
Yesterday I had a chance to chat with Caps center Jeff Halpern and Caps associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig about the hiring of Adam Oates as the Capitals’ head coach yesterday. Both men were Oates’ road roommate for a time during his tenure as a player here in the District. Halpern was also a