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May 8, 2017 10:44 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Eighteen points in 2016-17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman chipped in five goals and 13 assists in 57 games this season.

The blueliner is just two years removed from his eye-popping 56-point effort, but the lack of production in 2016-17 shouldn't at all come as a surprise given that he managed just 19 points in 2015-16. With 87 shots on goal, 61 hits and and 74 blocked shots, Wideman simply didn't do enough to prove valuable in the vast majority of formats this year.

March 14, 2017 12:01 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Tallies goal in victory over Penguins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman scored a goal in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Penguins on Monday.

It really appears his fantastic 2014-15 was a fluke. He's missed 47 games over the last two seasons due to injuries and a suspension, but he only has six goals and 31 points in his last 105 contests. In 80 games during the 2014-15 season, he tallied 15 goals and 56 points, but that seems like a long time ago now. Wideman posted a 8.7 shooting percentage in 2014-15; this season, his shooting percentage is below his 5.7 percent career average at 3.8. However, Wideman is also recording far fewer shots and playing fewer minutes this season than two years ago. Given that he's only back in the lineup due to an injury to Michael Stone, Wideman's fantasy value is virtually nonexistant.

February 21, 2017 10:30 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Watches from press box
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Predators.

Wideman has managed just one point over his past 10 games, and he appears to be the odd man out in Calgary's blue-line logjam at the moment. With the NHL trade deadline right around the corner, the impending free agent could be on the trade block for a thrifty Flames team looking for any kind of return.

February 21, 2017 04:10 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: One point in last 10 games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman has just 16 points on the season and one in his last 10 games.

He's not actually faring that much worse than last season, as his 16 points in 52 games only slightly trail the 19 in 51 he recorded in 2015-16. The biggest factor working against Wideman is his massive decrease in power-play time (1:08 on average vs. 2:57 last year), which will continue to limit his opportunities to hit the scoresheet down the stretch.

January 25, 2017 05:35 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Playing less on power play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman has averaged just 1:18 on the power play this season, a stark contrast to the 2:57 from 2015-16.

His ice time is actually up, albeit slightly, from last year, but the 33-year-old's lack of man-advantage time clearly indicates his role on the Flames' back end is continuing to diminish. Four of Wideman's 15 points have come while up a man, and his PIM, shots, hits and blocked shots are all similar to where they were last season, but he's past his prime and not delivering the same caliber of fantasy goods he did earlier in his career. Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton are far superior options on Calgary's blue line, and T.J. Brodie is certainly better than his 17 points and minus-22 indicate, so Wideman is probably best left to the deepest of leagues.

January 1, 2017 09:50 AM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Tallies goal for first time since October
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman scored his third goal of the season in a 4-2 victory over the Coyotes on Saturday.

It was his first goal in 28 contests. Within the last week, Wideman posted his first multi-point game and first goal since October. Unfortunately, he's still a far cry from his fantasy production of two seasons ago. Wideman scored 15 goals and 56 points in 2014-15, but he's scored just five goals and 31 points in 83 game since then.

December 28, 2016 03:15 AM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: First multi-point game since October
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman notched two assists and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over Colorado.

His last multi-point effort was way back on Oct. 22, and Wideman offered fantasy owners precious little in the 26-game interim: just a single goal and five assists to go with marginal peripheral stats. The 33-year-old is only two seasons removed from a 15-goal, 56-point campaign, but there's been no sign of those glory days returning.

November 15, 2016 12:58 AM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Records assist in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman grabbed an assist in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

The veteran rearguard registered his fifth point of the season in his first game back after serving the previous four as a healthy scratch. Not many players in the league have tumbled quite as far as Wideman over the last couple of seasons, as he's gone from putting up a whopping 56 points in 2014-15 to serving nearly half the Flames' games this year as a healthy scratch. That being said, Calgary will need all hands on deck starting Tuesday with five games in seven nights, so he'll likely be dressing more often than not in the near future.

October 23, 2016 12:40 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Dishes out pair of assists Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman recorded two assists in a 6-4 loss to St. Louis on Saturday.

After sitting out the previous three contests as a healthy scratch, Wideman responded well with the pair of apples in addition to four shots on goal and a healthy 20:42 of ice time. More importantly, the 33-year-old actually spent a team-high 3:14 on the power play, so clearly head coach Glen Gulutzan liked what he saw from Wideman in this one. He also skated on the Flames' top pairing with captain Mark Giordano.

October 15, 2016 06:25 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Sitting out healthy Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's road game against the Canucks, David Randorf of Sportsnet and HNIC reports.

Not known as much of a scorer from the back line, Wideman actually found twine in the season road opener against the Oilers, but the 33-year-old will need to rest occasionally to stay fresh over the course of the season. Brett Kulak reportedly will play in his place Saturday.

September 30, 2016 05:38 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Will suit up for preseason contest
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman (arm) will be in the lineup against Vancouver on Friday, Wes Gilbertson of Postmedia reports.

Wideman was shut down at the end of last season due to a triceps injury that caused him to miss a total of 29 games. As a result, the blueliner suffered a significant decline as he registered a mere 19 points and went minus-9. When he was healthy, the 33-year-old saw time on both the power play and penalty kill while averaging 20:37 of ice time per contest. If he can stay on the ice, Wideman offers decent mid-range value in most formats with a slight boost from his production with the man advantage.

March 18, 2016 07:59 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Done for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman will not return for the remainder of the 2015-16 season due to a triceps injury.

Already ruled out for Friday's contest, the blueliner can now safely be dropped in fantasy leagues. Jakub Nakladal should replace him as a regular in the lineup the rest of the way while Wideman will have to settle for 19 points (two goals, 17 assists), 75 shots on goal and 77 blocked shots in total for the 2015-16 campaign. He'll now begin the recovery process for next season, and should be ready for the start of training camp.

March 18, 2016 12:39 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Will not play Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman (upper body) will be out of the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Avalanche, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports.

Wideman had just returned from a suspension a few games earlier only to suffer an injury Wednesday. Coach Bob Hartley has said the injury did not look good, so Wideman may not see the ice much, if at all, for the rest of the season.

March 17, 2016 01:45 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Upper-body issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman suffered an upper-body injury Wednesday against the Jets.

Coach Bob Hartley relayed afterward that the Flames will know more about Wideman's status in the next day or so, but initial indications from the team's medical staff are that "it doesn't look very good" for the blueliner at this stage.

March 11, 2016 11:41 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Back in action Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman will play Friday against the Coyotes.

Wideman's original 20-game suspension was cut in half Friday, making the 32-year-old blueliner eligible to return Friday. The former eighth-round pick's owners will be happy to have him back in their lineups, as he's been pretty productive this season, notching 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) and 75 shots on goal in 48 games. Wideman is expected to skate alongside Jakub Nakladal on the Flames' third pairing in Friday's contest.

March 11, 2016 04:45 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Suspension reduced to 10 games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman had his initial 20-game suspension halved after neutral arbitrator James Oldham made his ruling Friday, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports.

Unfortunately for Wideman, the decision comes 19 games into the original suspension, so he will just be returned half of the pay he had to forfeit. While Wideman's eligible to play Friday against the Coyotes, it's highly unlikely that he'll be in the lineup after such a long layoff and the fact that the Flames would have to demote a player to make a roster space for Wideman.

February 3, 2016 02:19 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Gets a 20-game suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman has been suspended for 20 games due to an incident in which he crosscheked a linesman, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

Wideman was expected to receive a rather lengthy suspension for the hit, and 20 games isn't exactly a surprise. The blueliner will get a chance to appeal the suspension if he'd like, but it also wouldn't be surprising if the veteran accepts the punishment he was handed. If that's the case, Wideman would first be eligible to rejoin his teammates in game action March 14.

January 28, 2016 06:20 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Facing indefinite suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman will be suspended indefinitely for crosschecking a linesman Wednesday, pending a hearing to be conducted after the All-Star break, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.

Wideman crosschecked linesman Don Henderson from behind in Wednesday's game against the Predators, but the defenseman was quoted in the Guardian, saying the violent hit was unintentional. "(...) Throughout my career, and I've been around for a few years, I think I've treated every official with the utmost respect, and I would never intentionally try to hit a linesman or a ref or anything like that. It was completely unintentional, and I already apologized to him." Look for the NHL to determine how many games Wideman will miss once the All-Star break concludes.

January 12, 2016 12:54 AM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Scores in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman scored a power-play goal in Monday's loss to the Sharks.

Wideman set a career-high mark with 15 goals last season, but Monday's tally was just his second of the year. Overall, the 32-year-old is having something of a disappointing campaign after last year's breakout season, as he has just 19 points and sports a minus-11 rating.

December 20, 2015 11:34 PM
Flames' Dennis Wideman: Scores in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wideman scored a power-play goal in Sunday's loss to the Red Wings.

The goal was the first tally of the year for Wideman, after firing off a career-high 15 last season. The veteran defenseman had been held off the scoresheet in four straight coming into Sunday's contest, but the performance could help get him going in the goal department.