Oilers acquire Chris Wideman from Senators

Kevin Lowe Peter Chiarelli making moves! The Oilers have acquired defenseman Chris Wideman — nope, not Dennis Wideman — from the Ottawa Senators for the very reasonable price of a 2020 conditional sixth-round draft pick. That pick sent to Ottawa was the one the Oilers got in exchange for Jakub Jerabek. Remember him?

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What do we know about Wideman? Well, he’s a right-handed defenceman who was drafted by the Sens in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL draft. He’s played in 175 games for Ottawa over parts over four seasons and has put up 43 points. Though he hasn’t really put up points at the NHL level, he’s an offensive-minded defenseman who makes a good pass and can be effective on the power play. An issue for Wideman is that he was trapped behind Erik Karlsson in an offensive role on the Sens.

We also know he was in the front seat for the infamous Uber ride in Ottawa.

This gives Edmonton another righty defenceman to play on the bottom pairing. As of right now, the team is operating with Klefbom and Larsson as their top pair, Darnell Nurse and Kris Russell on the second pair, and Kevin Gravel and Matt Benning on the third. Wideman can push Benning for ice time and likely see some power play time on the second unit.

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Another thing worth mentioning, this doesn’t bode well for Ethan Bear. We all assumed that Bear would get a recall as soon as Evan Bouchard went back to the OHL, but it hasn’t happened. Acquiring an offensive-minded righty likely means the Oilers don’t believe Bear is ready to help the team this year.

Edmonton will now have to make a decision as to which defenceman, Jason Garrison or Kevin Gravel, remains on the roster unless they want to carry eight defenders.


Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2015-16 Ottawa Senators NHL 64 6 7 13 34 4
2016-17 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 5 12 17 46 7 15 1 3 4 4
2017-18 Ottawa Senators NHL 16 3 5 8 6 5
2018-19 Ottawa Senators NHL 19 2 3 5 12 -9
NHL Totals 175 16 27 43 98 15 1 3 4 4

Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Account, 11/22/2018 – 3:20 pm MST

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  • Bringer_Of_Snow

    Like this trade. Hopefully pushes Benning out of the lineup.

    I hope Garrison is the one to go over Gravel. Gravel is way more mobile and moves the puck better.

  • OilersGM

    Wideman is an upgrade on Benning can pass and QB the second unit PP.
    bye bye Benning. It wasn’t so nice knowing you. And Benning can you take Chiarelli with you.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    They should have traded Benning for him, that would have been an excellent salary dump for the Oilers.I have no problem with this, especially if it knocks Benning into the press box, or to the waiver wire, or anywhere else he wont hurt us

    • Kepler62c

      Trading Benning (an RFA on a 2-year contract) for an expiring UFA contract would be terrible asset management. Good thing you aren’t GM.

      Say what you will about Benning, he’s not my favourite player either, but he’s an NHL Dman at this stage in his career and you shouldn’t just give that away.

      • Dallas Eakins Hair

        would be terrible asset management. Good thing you aren’t GM.

        You need a new line, I have heard you use that too many times already, and no Benning isnt an NHL D-man I dont think Benning even rates as an AHL d-man, When Bouchard with 3 games experience outplays Benning with 2 years experience that screams not an NHL D-Man, so I am glad you aren’t a GM either

    • Leichs

      This is what happens when we have an actual coach that has plans for the team and isn’t just concerned with overplaying his buddies that are slumping trying to get them going. Luc dropped to the fourth line immidiately and I dont think Benning saw the ice much in the 3rd period. Luc looked good on that fourth line (not sarcasm, that line really did play well) and Benning looked even better on the bench.

      • Kepler62c

        Do you seriously believe your own (implied) statement that McLellan can’t assess (not access) talent and ability? I’m glad we’ve got Hitch but don’t make a fool of yourself spewing that McLellan doesn’t know what he’s doing — he’s an NHL coach, you don’t get there by chance.

        • Quoteright

          He was an assistant to the best then McClellen got to coach a team draped in high end talent.
          Joe Thornton is easily one of the most dominant players consistently for like 20 years
          Burns Vlasic
          And they always were cup favourites that underperformed
          The year Mcll left, they went further then ever.
          Really, Mcll came here and lost more than enough with McDavid.
          The jury is still out on Mcll. He’s nice guy, but when has he ever taken a team to overachieve?

  • 18% body fat

    Bear has not set himself apart this year. With laggessn and Jones playing well and Berglund and perssons doing well across the pond it might be a time to put bear in a package for a real number 2 righty. We have a bunch of good d prospects and not all will play. Why not trade one when his value might be its highest.

    • OilersGM

      Bear had a injury early in the season which I think has hindered his development a little, it takes little bit of time coming back from injury but I’m sure he will get back on track eventually.

      • Dallas Eakins Hair

        You beat me to it, I was just about to say I think Bear’s injury has set him back, I think it will take time for Bear to regain his physical confidence and then get back up to game speed

      • 18% body fat

        yes that is true, but if Larsson, Klefbom, Russel, Nurse, Bouchard, Sekera are still top 6 next year where is Bear? Perssons seems legit, so does Berglund. Lagesson seems like a perfect 5, 6, 7 dman and is older than Bear, and Jones right now is ahead of him. In the next teir you have, samurakov, kempe, marino.

        Not all are going to play, and bouchard is going to be on the pp ahead of Bear, so why not try to maximize the value of the asset while he has value to other teams.

        This is what good teams do, sell him from an area of strength and while the value is high. Yes the oilers D arent their strength but their prospect depth on D is.

        • 18% body fat

          Perssons is older, and while Bear may be better slightly than berglund, i would bet his league perceived value is quite a bit higher. This is how you maximize asset management. Finding gaps between true skill and perceived value.

          • OilersGM

            @ 18% body fat
            I don’t necessarily disagree with you but it’s always good to have depth in the system especially young D-man.

            Also if our GM had any creative thinking we would have Hoffman and Duclair here and we wouldn’t had to worry about rushing JP and Kailer.

        • OilersGM

          One of Russell or Sekera if not both will be moved in the off-season as their NMC will turn into no trade clause with 10-15 team list for cap relief.
          I hope a new GM will me at the helm to make those moves. And the defence will look kinda like this…
          Klefbom – Larsson
          Nurse – Bouchard
          Jones – Bear
          If Russell doesn’t get moved
          I’ll be Russell – Bear on the third pair and Jones and Benning as the 7th and 8th D.

  • chezzychez

    this was pretty crafty by Pete. Essentially picked up Wideman for free and now there’s some depth on both D sides. Benning will have to fight for his spot in the lineup.

  • OilersBro

    Why are people saying we should’ve traded Benning for him?? We finally have depth on D despite the Sekera injury. Why can’t we have 5 strong d, and 2-3 fringe guys. At least we are prepared in case of injuries or poor performance.

  • Freddie the fog

    The time is now to move Bear. His reputation is one of an e emerging prospect. A #4-5-6 guy. However, I’m not so sure he will be. Nobody can say he will b a FT contributing NHL player at some point for sure. With Bouchard looking blue Chip he should add a nice piece to nxt years roster. I suggest Ethan Bear, and the Xtra 3rd in the 2019 draft the Oilers aquired for Maroon for a proven NHL winger that can produce 15-20 goals. Who that is I haven’t a clue

  • Kneedroptalbot

    I made some Oilers Pre-season predictions (lots of down votes).
    Here is how they look.
    1. Oilers would have 8 wins by US Thanksgiving, (they have 10).
    2. Mikko Kostkinen would be the starter by US Thanksgiving.
    My concerns were: (team speed, secondary scoring, goaltending).
    Pretty darn close to being 2 for 2.

    • Hemmercules

      Hahaha, bold predictions!

      You got the downvotes in the summer because no one wanted to those things to actually happen. Pretty common knowledge that they were going to be weak on the wing, have less than average goaltending and speed issues since they had all those same problems last year and did virtually nothing this summer to fix any of it.

      • OilersGM

        Everyone but our GM knew we were weak on the wings. Chiarelli can’t think outside the box otherwise we would have Hoffman and Duclair for next to nothing. Hoffman garnered a 2nd rd pick and Duclair was a free agent. Both have speed and can score exactly what this team is lacking on the offensive side.

        • OriginalPouzar

          1) Maybe Duclair had zero interest in signing with Edmonton?

          2) There were two additional picks (in addition to the 2nd) in the Hoffman deal

          3) Need to dispose of over $5M in cap space to fit Hoffman

          Its a little tougher to make transactions that thinking of players you’d like to have on the team.

  • bazmagoo

    I’ve been impressed with Gravel so far this season, he looks like a decent 3rd pairing option. Weidman should remove Benning from the lineup altogether, Matt really hasn’t put it together this season and looks like a significant overpay (probably making double what he is worth).

    • Kneedroptalbot

      Not very much has changed from last season….reminds me of when they brought back Dallas Eakins for another season. I wonder why people expect different results??

  • CMG30

    The only reason I like this trade is because we only gave up a 6th rounder and got back an actual NHL player. This is the kind of asset management that helps out.

  • Randaman

    I honestly think this a good thing for Ethan Bear. The more time to develop properly (especially defenceman). I’ve watched Wideman and Ike his skating.