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As expected, the Habs have indeed signed veteran defenceman Chris Wideman.  He receives a one-year, one-way contract at the league minimum of $750,000.

Wideman has played in 181 career NHL games over parts of four NHL seasons but after splitting 2018-19 between three teams, he hasn’t seen any time at the top level since then.  Following spending all of 2019-20 in the minors, Wideman decided to head overseas in the hopes of earning himself another NHL opportunity.

The decision was a wise one as the 31-year-old was the KHL’s leading scorer in points by a defenceman with nine goals and 32 assists in 59 with Torpedo.  He also logged more than 21 minutes a night.

While it’s unrealistic to expect Wideman to step in and replace the offensive production that Shea Weber’s absence will cause, it’s a low-cost look for the Habs.  If he can hold down a spot on the third paring behind Jeff Petry and David Savard, the deal could be a bit of a bargain.  If he struggles, they can waive him, send him to Laval, and clear him from the cap entirely although they’ll have to pay him his full NHL salary if they do so.

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