By Rodger M. WoodVP/GM George McPhee announced at the 3 PM trade deadline today that the Capitals acquired veteran center Jason Arnott from the New Jersey Devils, and defenseman, Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers in moves, which could very well fill the team’s two biggest holes in the lineup well before the April playoffs.The 6-5, 220 Arnott is a 16-year veteran, who scored the goal in double overtime, that won New Jersey the Stanley Cup in 2000. He scored 369 goals, 501 assists in 1,161 games and was an all star center in 1997 and 2008. He scored 30 goals, and 36 assists in 106 playoff games. This season he has 13 goals and 11 assists in 62 games. As a former Devils team captain, he’ll add a strong veteran presence to the Caps dressing room. Popular Caps player David Steckel and a 2012 2nd round draft pick were traded for Arnott.6-0, 200, Defenseman Dennis Wideman is a two way defenseman, who can play the blue line and be the right handed point shot the Caps need on a slumping power play. He scored 9 goals and 24 assists this season, and in a 7-year NHL 439 GP, 55 goals and 143 assists. McPhee said the book on Wideman is he’d take a puck to the jaw, if it would helphis team win. The Caps traded prospect center Jake Hauswirth, and a 2012 3rd round pick for Wideman.
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