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One thing is clear in the NHL: The regular season and the postseason are two very different things.
Dennis Wideman of the Washington Capitals finished with 46 points this season and played in the All-Star game for the first time in his career. However, Wideman was disappointing in the playoffs.
He finished with a minus-seven, three points and no goals in 14 games.
Wideman is a good defensive player, but he didn't have a great showing in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Washington has yet to make a firm decision on whether or not they'd like to keep Wideman, but the 29-year-old from Ontario has already spoken out about his desire to return to Washington.
“Obviously, I like it here. I’ve had a lot of fun here in the last year," Wideman told The Washington Post. “I like where we’re going, the core group of guys is really, really good. So, why not? Yeah, I'd love to be back."
Wideman is a great defenseman and teams should be interested in acquiring the free agent on July 1, but time will tell whether or not Wideman will get his wish and be able to stay on the Capitals team.