Dennis Wideman (Defense) - Midseason Grade: D-
Our Individual Grades
He was not as bad as the previous season, but he was still pretty bad. He was never a good skater but the fact he lost a step made it pretty insufferable to watch him and he really dragged down T.J. Brodie. His offense eroded the past couple of years as well, so he really brought nothing to the table considering how bad he is defensively.
It seemed like a dumb contract at the start and other than the 2014-15 season, it was. I’m very glad it is over. Lets hope Treliving does not replace it with another one like Karl Alzner.
Wideman would have been serviceable as a sixth defenseman, but for some reason the Flames failed entirely to sure up their defense and he was their fourth. Sadly enough his possession numbers were still better than Mark Stone’s who ultimately replaced him and better than Matt Bartkowski who was a tire fire on ice (and of course Niklas Grossmann, but...). Still, at 5.5 million dollars, he was a waste of money and ultimately a waste of a roster spot and given his advanced age, it’s probably only going to get worse from here - no chance he should be re-signed.
Our Final Grade: D
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