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Wideman talks training camp

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Sens defenseman Chris Wideman spoke with the media today after the team's first on-ice session of training camp.

On the importance of spending the summer in Ottawa:

I think just to show the commitment. The organization committed to me with a contract this summer and I want to do the same back. This is a big year for me personally as a 4th year pro. I need to make a step and show that I can play at this level.

On if he was waiting to see the Sens roster or contract to be offered before re-signing:

I think a bit of both. After playing three years in the minors I kind of owed it to myself to see what else was out there. With the way things worked out, this was the best fit for me. I didn't even have to look anywhere else. I'm excited about it. These are all guys that I know and a lot of friends. I just feel very comfortable here and it's been a good start so far.

On not waiting for free agency to re-sign:

That was exciting for me to have them commit and to want me back and it feels good.

On if he sees a spot in the line-up that is up for grabs:

For me, I just try to come in and play my game. I think I proved that I can play at the American League level last year and now there's a lot to prove here. I've got the first skate under my belt and it felt good.

Getting advice from his roommates (Mark Stone and Curtis Lazar) during training camp:

Stoney was in a similar spot last year. It's kind of funny because those guys are a couple of years younger than me and they have all the advice but they've been great. They told me to play my game and to stay confident. You always hear that but it's refreshing coming from friends and guys that actually care about you. It's been nice.

On his role with his roommates off the ice:

I'm the babysitter and make sure that everyone is tucked into bed early (laughs). I've been making dinners, Curtis has been making breakfast and Mark has a nice car that we ride around in. It's all working out.

On getting 100+ PIMs in the AHL couple of seasons:

I try to play with a little bit of an edge. As a smaller guy, if you let guys push you around then it's a long season. You play a lot of the teams multiple times and they know they can pick on you a little bit so I try to stand my ground when I can. Some of the stuff last year was out of frustration with how the season was going as a team. That's stuff that I've put behind me and I'm working on taking out of my game. I don't think that I want to have 100 penalty minutes this year but I definitely won't be a guy that backs down.

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