The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Dennis Wideman from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Jordan Henry and a fifth round pick in 2013, then re-signed Wideman to a five-year, $26.25 million contract (an average annual salary of $5.25 million). The Flames also re-signed forward Blake Comeau to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting move by Flames GM Jay Feaster, and considering how quickly this went down, I assume the Capitals gave Feaster permission to speak with Wideman prior to the trade going down to determine if he’d re-sign with them. It’s a significant raise for Wideman, who earned $3.95 million per season on his previous contract. It’s also bound to raise questions over Jay Bouwmeester’s status with the Flames, as he’s been the subject of trade speculation in recent weeks.
As for Comeau, Feaster didn’t qualify his rights but wanted to retain him at a cheaper price. Comeau taking a significant pay cut (half of the $2.5 million he earned this season) to remain with the Flames.