The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Chris Wideman from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jean-Sebastien Dea, it was announced today by vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Wideman is signed through the end of the regular season, and carries an average annual value of $1 million. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He will report to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Wideman, 29, has seven points (2G-5A) in 25 NHL games this season split between the Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers, and Ottawa Senators. Over the course of four NHL seasons, he has recorded 45 points (16G-29A) in 181 career games. He also appeared in 15 playoff games with the Ottawa Senators in 2016-17, where he registered one goal and three assists.
The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Wideman has tallied 143 points (33G-110A) in 224 games at the AHL level. He enjoyed his best campaign in 2014-15 with the Binghamton Senators, where he led all AHL defensemen in goals (19), assists (42), and points (61) and was named an AHL All-Star. He was also awarded the Eddie Shore award for the American Hockey League's 'Best Defenseman'.
The native of St. Louis, Missouri was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 4th round (100th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.