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Capitals breakdown: Dennis Wideman

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Capitals breakdown: Dennis Wideman

Since the end of the Capitals playoff run, CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley has evaluated the 2011-12 performance of each player on the Caps roster. Today marks the final evaluation: Dennis Wideman, who on Wednesday was traded to the Calgary Flames.
Dennis Wideman
Position: Defense
Age: 29
HtWt: 6-0, 200
Games: 82
Goals: 11
Assists: 35
Points: 46
Penalty Minutes: 46
Plus-Minus: Minus-8
Average Ice Time: 23:54
Contract Status: Rights traded to Calgary Flames; signed 5-year, 26.25 million contract 5.25 million cap hit in 2012-13

Strengths: Wideman was durable and led the Caps in ice time by a wide margin John Carlson was next at 21:51. Used in every situation. Has a hard, accurate shot from the blue line. Well-liked in the dressing room. Can play tough when needed.

Weaknesses: Lacks the strength and toughness to keep opposing power forwards from the front of the net. Prone to open-ice mistakes that led to breakaway s and contributed to his minus-8 rating. Struggled against the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs.

Memorable Moment on the ice: On Dec. 9 in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center, Wideman was credited with his first career hat trick. As hats of all sizes littered the ice Wideman sheepishly tipped his helmet to the crowd and smiled as he was greeted by teammates on the bench. All along, he knew his shot was deflected by teammate Brooks Laich. To his credit, Wideman went to an official and had his goal credited to Laich. It was probably going to go a little bit wide, and then it hit Brooksie's leg and just went directly sideways in the net, Wideman said. I knew right away. I think you would've gotten a little bigger celebration out of me if it was actually my third goal. Asked why, after 480 games without a hat trick, he was so honest, Wideman replied, Good karma.
Memorable Moment off the ice: Wideman was puttering around his house on Jan. 12 when he received a phone call from Caps GM George McPhee. He assumed the worst news, but was given the best that hed been selected to play in his first career NHL All-Star Game. I didnt know what was going on, Wideman said. In my experience, when a GM calls you, its usually not good news. I wasnt expected to be voted in or picked for the All-Star Game. I was pretty excited, a little caught off-guard and a little shocked.

2012-13 Expectations: Fans in Calgary will expect big things from Wideman after signing the most lucrative contract of his career and thats not necessarily a good thing for a defenseman who struggled offensively and defensively after making his first career appearance in the All-Star Game. Wideman is a solid No. 3 or No. 4 defenseman, but with the salary hes making hes likely to be given No. 1 or No. 2 ice time and responsibility.

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."

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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

Since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time over one month ago, Caps fans, (and players), have rushed to their local tattoo parlor to get some ink commemorating the win.

We've seen the classic Capitals logo with the Stanley Cup, but nothing that comes close to the masterpiece that is Shane Peacher's tattoo.

Peacher tweeted to Joe B and Courtney Laughlin the finished tat: a work of art featuring Alex Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup for the first time as it's hoisted over his head.

Joe B replied making sure Shane had enough room on his other tricep for next year.

Shane replied that he's thinking of Evgeny Kuznetsov's iconic celebration that has since been dubbed the "birdman."

Shane got his Caps tattoo at the Helix Tattoo Lodge in Rising Sun, Maryland, by tattoo artist, Justin Holcombe.

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