Feaster says “expect moves” and he delivers.
Flames acquired the rights to Dennis Wideman for Jordan Henry and a 5th rd pick. Then the Calgary Flames announce they have signed the 29 year old right handed defenseman to a 5 year $5.25mill deal.
Right after that the Flames also announce they have re-signed Blake Comeau to a 1 year $1.25mill deal. The money is right and the term is good for Blake to prove his 20 goals was not a fluke.
But let’s get back to Wideman. His stats show he is not afraid to shoot the puck and QB a power play. Clearly the Flames needed to get better on the power-play and add a right handed shooter. Well they have taken that step and did so before other teams could get their hands on Wideman. Dennis had 46 points last season. He is not a defensive guy, and let’s not pretend he is. In his career he is a -39 but average almost 0.50 points per game played. Clearly he will be paired with someone like Gio, a reliable guy who can allow Wideman to be offensive when needed.
Money and term in this deal is what most people will talk about. 5 years is a long time and 5.25 million is a lot of money. But with the weak UFA class and the Flames needs to improve this team, this is a good deal. He is 29 not 34 years of age. Wideman was going to be highly sought after and likely would have received slightly more on July 1st.
Don’t forget James Wisniewski got 6 years at $5.5mill per season last year from Columbus.