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Wideman's In Wilmo

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON -- One of the many new faces at the Bruins training facility in Wilmington on Tuesday was defenseman Dennis Wideman.

Wideman, who on February 27th was dealt to the Bruins at the trading deadline, and who re-signed with the club in July, is very much looking forward to his first full season wearing the spoked-B.

"I love Boston," said Wideman in the Bruins locker room at Ristuccia Arena. "It's a great city."

"I was here before and I really enjoyed it."

Wideman is no stranger to New England. In 2004-05, he played 79 games with the then Worcester Ice Cats (before the franchise moved to Peroria) and earned a 13-30-43 line.

"Last year I had a good time in town and it will be interesting to be here for a full season," he said. "I want to get to know the town a little better."

With his new apartment downtown, Wideman should be able to do just that. And during a full docket of games at the TD Banknorth Garden, B's fans will be interested to know the blue liner a little better, too.

An offensive minded d-man, Wideman has played in 142 NHL games with a 14-35-49 line. In 75 contests with Boston and St. Louis during 2006-07 he was 6-19-25.

Fully rested, and having taken a minor break from the game, Wideman came to town ready to play.

"Summer was good," said Dennis. "I hung out at my cottage most of the time, did some golfing, and worked out.

"I skated over the last two weeks and before that I was on the ice once a week since June."

Like the rest of his companions in the locker room, Wideman is ready to get the season started and said that with most of the lineup returning, things are looking bright in the land of Black & Gold.

"Last year, there were a lot of changes and movement," said the defenseman. "The guys have played together longer now, so hopefully it will be a better outcome than last year.

"But I am pretty excited about the upcoming season."

When asked about his goals for the new campaign, Wideman got wide-eyed and said that he was not at that stage of the preseason yet. After all, he just showed up to the rink on Wednesday.

"It's a little early," he said with a sleepy grin. "Maybe at the start of the season I might start thinking about something I would like to get."

However, Wideman suddenly got thoughtful and did opine about 2007-08.

"You always want to improve upon last year's performance," he said, flatly. "How about making all the right numbers higher -- that would be my goal."

Sounds reasonable.

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