It’s two months shy of the two-year anniversary of the trade-deadline-day deal Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli made to acquire defenseman Dennis Wideman from St. Louis for forward Brad Boyes.
Tonight, for the first since that trade, Wideman will get the chance to skate against his former team in his old home arena, the Scottrade Center, when the Bruins square off with the Blues.
“I think it’ll be fun. It’ll be a little bit exciting there,” Wideman told thebruinsblog.net before the Bruins left for St. Louis. “I still have some people there I keep in contact with. It’ll be good to get back there. But it’ll be nice going in there.”
The deal was much-maligned by the media, including this reporter, when it was made. But it truly has turned into a win-win situation for both clubs, as the Bruins picked up a defenseman who has turned into the kind of No. 2 a club built around a left defenseman like Zdeno Chara needs. And Boyes has flourished since Day One with St. Louis after struggling to get going with Boston prior to the deal.
In 113 regular-season games with the Bruins, Wideman has posted 21-37-58 offensive totals (including 7-12-19 stats this season) with a plus-minus of plus-24. In a Blues uniform, Boyes (the club’s leading scorer this season with 16-15-31 totals) has accumulated 63-45-108 totals in 133 games.
One could argue the Bruins have gotten the better of the deal because they’ve also reached the playoffs while St. Louis has been left out. And a puck-moving defenseman that can put up numbers like Wideman has is generally the most valuable asset. But Wideman doesn’t look at it that way, nor does he plan on gloating about his advanced development when he returns to St. Louis.
“They made a trade at the time that worked out pretty good for both sides. Boysie’s playing really well for them and scoring a whack load of goals and that’s what they needed,” he said. “They had an abundance of defensemen, so I came here and he went there.”