Leading The Way: Eight New Captains You Might See Next Season
Apr 17, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman (26) skates against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
The Calgary Flames had another disappointing season in 2013, but this one was different; on top of missing the playoffs, they also lost the face of their franchise: captain Jarome Iginla.
It is next to impossible to replace a class act like ‘Iggy’, but Dennis Wideman can move the team forward.
The Flames are looking alot better offensively, with rookie Sven Baertshi and 2013 first round pick Sean Monahan expected to make the club. Wideman will be the shutdown blue-liner on the Flames roster, a role fit for a leader.
The Flames need lots of time to get back into playoff contention, and Wideman still has four years left on his contract, the most of any Flames player. At age 30, he is ripe to take on a big role in guiding the Flames back on track, starting in 2013-14.