The Edmonton Oilers made a minor move Thursday, landing defenseman Chris Wideman from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2020 conditional 6th round draft pick.
During a Thursday afternoon radio hit on Vancouver’s TSN 1040, Bob McKenzie was asked how much of this trade might have been new head coach Ken Hitchcock versus general manager Peter Chiarelli.
“I think Peter Chiarelli has been trying for awhile now to continue to look for defensemen that can skate and move the puck,” noted McKenzie. “And that would probably be Chris Wideman’s strength. That’s the type of defenseman and player that he is. So I don’t really think it’s necessarily related to the coaching change at all. Peter Chiarelli himself, last week when he was describing his defense in saying, ‘We don’t move the puck particularly well’ - which was a pretty damning indictment of his blueline - but since he’s the guy who put it together, a pretty damning indictment of himself.
“So no, I think this is just another effort on the part of the Edmonton Oilers - they’ve been cycling guys through the bottom of their lineup trying to find somebody who can be a full-time NHL player that can skate and move the puck.”
Wideman is on a one-year, $1 million contract, and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
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