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Capitals acquire D Dennis Wideman from Panthers @NHLdotcom

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers for prospect Jake Hauswirth and a third-round pick in this year's draft.

Monday's trade gives the Capitals more scoring punch on the blue line and adds needed depth as the team deals with injuries to Mike Green and Tom Poti.

The 27-year-old Wideman has played for St. Louis, Boston and Florida over seven NHL seasons. He has 55 career goals, 143 assists and 325 penalty minutes. He had nine goals and 24 assists this season with the Panthers.

The 23-year-old Hauswirth is a center who has spent this season in the ECHL. He had 10 goals and four assists in 37 games with the South Carolina Stingrays.

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