Damn you, Jay Feaster.
The Calgary Flames general manager traded for defenseman Dennis Wideman on Wednesday before signing him to a five-year, $5.25 million per year contract. Five-point-two-five million dollars for Dennis Wideman.
This is the same Dennis Wideman who was a third-pairing defenseman for the Washington Capitals in the playoffs this past year. His scouting report calls him an "offensive defenseman," yet he scored 20 of his 46 total points on the power play. 16 of those were assists, so he's probably just really good at throwing the puck in the general direction of the net while his team is up a man.
When it comes to his defensive game, this is the type of year-end write up he gets from Japers' Rink:
As productive as he was offensively,there were times when Wideman appeared to be something of a liability in his own end... which is kind of the opposite of what you're going for at that position. His minus-8 rating was second-worst rating among Caps defensemen, a rating which at times reflected his poor - and sometimes downright head-scratching - decision-making with the puck.
By the end of the season he had been on for 86 goals-against, second-most on the team behind only John Carlson, almost a third of the team's total goals-against for the season. At even strength, Wideman finished with the team's second-highest GAON/60 (and the highest in the playoffs).
... and that was apparently a "generous" review.
But there he is, earning $5.25 million on average for the next five seasons in Calgary. In fact, this is really about market value for a guy like Wideman -- and that just means the type of money due to Carle is far higher.
Dustin Leed from The Hockey Guys reported back in May that Carle was looking for at least a three-year deal worth $12.75 million in total -- a $4.25 million cap hit. We know that many of you hate Matt Carle for inexplicable reasons, but he's worth much more than $4.25 million a year.
Even Carle's biggest haters have to realize he's better than Wideman, and thus worth $5.25 million at the very least.
Paul Holmgren is on the record saying he believes Carle will sign in Philadelphia under market value, and there's a possibility that Carle and the Flyers already have a agreement in place. The only reason the Flyers cannot sign a deal with Carle pre-July 1 is tagging space, but that's really just a formality.
But even if the Flyers did have an agreement in place with Carle, he and his agent would be silly not to rip that up and start over. Not after the Flames just gave more than $5 million per year to Dennis Wideman.
In reality, Carle is probably worth close to $6 million per season -- perhaps more in a market that's due free agents some lofty salaries thanks to the $70.3 million offseason cap -- and if he and his agent didn't realize that before today, it's almost certain they do now.
Thanks, Calgary. Now let's pray Carle does indeed sign here for well under market value.