According to Arpon Basu and Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic, the Montreal Canadiens are very likely going to trade Chris Wideman by the deadline.
Wideman signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Canadiens during the offseason and has since been a mainstay on their blue line. In 31 games on the year, he has two goals, eight assists, and a minus-15 rating. If he remains healthy and keeps up this pace of production, he could set a career-high in points by the season’s end.
Playoffs teams looking for a bit more production on the back end could consider a player like Wideman. He could be an interesting option on the bottom pair, but also could serve best as the seventh defenseman on a contender. When seeing as how he has such an affordable salary, he certainly makes more an alluring option.
The Canadiens currently have an 8-29-7 record, so it’s apparent that they will be sellers this year. With Wideman being a pending unrestricted free agent, it wouldn’t hurt to get a return for him via trade. Even if it’s a late-round pick, it’s better than losing him for nothing.
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