Boston, MA --
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that the club has signed defenseman Dennis Wideman to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Wideman posted a number of career high totals this year, recording career bests in games played (81), goals (13), assists (23), points (36) and plus/minus (+11). His 36 points were enough to earn him a place as the team’s second highest-scoring defenseman behind Zdeno Chara
, and ranked sixth overall on the team. Also seeing action on the Bruins’ power play unit, Wideman’s nine power play goals in the regular season tied for second most on the club, trailing only Marco Sturm’s 10 tallies.
The 25-year-old native of Kitchener, Ontario was originally drafted as the Buffalo Sabres eighth round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. On June 30, 2004, he signed with the St. Louis Blues as a free agent, and made his NHL debut with the team on November 9, 2005. During the 2006-07 season, he was traded to the Bruins on February 27, 2007, in exchange for forward Brad Boyes. He made his Boston debut on March 1, 2007, recording his first point as a Bruin with an assist in the game.
In his three-year NHL career, Wideman has recorded 27-58-85 totals in 223 regular season games (101 with Boston, 122 with St. Louis). He made his first NHL playoff appearance with the Bruins this year, playing in six games and notching three assists.