As of today, the #CH has 11 picks in the upcoming draft:
– Marc-Olivier Beaudoin (@MOBeaudoin1) May 10, 2023
Chris Wideman is a field hockey player whose best value is in the dressing room. He’s the kind of veteran around whom youngsters gravitate, and he’s not afraid to give up his place in the line-up.
He’s there to plant trees, knowing he’ll never sit in their shade, as the Habs’ coach once said.
Connor Bédard in a draft…
And we had the BRILLIANT idea of wanting to build a culture…THE SAME YEAR we allowed ourselves to have THE CHANCE of drafting a player like Connor Bédard…
I can’t believe it…
We’re so stupid…
– Arnaud Gascon-Nadon (@AGN45) May 9, 2023
Anyway. All that to say that Wideman may be there, but everyone is aware that he’s not the best player on the planet. Some nights last season, it was… er…
Let’s call it nebulous.
Remember that Wideman’s $762,500 contract will still be valid next year.
At the salary he earns, Wideman isn’t a drain on Kent Hughes’ payroll. The fact that he earns the minimum wage ($750K last year and $775K next year) means that, if need be, he can leave. #Ballottage
But what’s important to know is that even the main interested party knows full well that he earns minimum wage because he’s not the best defenseman on earth. That’s what he said, with a tinge of humor, on the Cam & Strick Podcast.
This is hilarious by Chris Wideman 😅
You gotta appreciate someone who’s self-aware & self-deprecating. https://t.co/CGqZc1W99P
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) May 10, 2023
My wife gets messages on social media telling her that her husband sucks.
Do they think we don’t know I’m f***ing lame? I’ve been making minimum wage for 10 years. – Chris Wideman
Clearly, the man who moved to Russia after UberGate is aware that he’s not the most talented player, and he’s fully aware of his role and its importance.
But at least Wideman is playing in a major field hockey market, and he’s clearly proud of his role in the club. It takes a lot of well-liked guys.
But he’s right: he’s never hit the jackpot. According to Cap Friendly, he’s made just over $5.3 million since the start of his career. Remember, he made his NHL debut in 2015-2016.
After all, with positions contractually guaranteed to Mike Matheson, David Savard and Joel Edmundson (unless he’s traded, of course) and the youngsters growing up, making the club won’t be easy.
- Kaiden Guhle
- Jordan Harris
- Arber Xhekaj
- Justin Barron, who is working hard with Team Canada to demonstrate his skills.
- Johnathan Kovacevic
- Logan Mailloux
Busy day in Budapest. 🇨🇦🏒
– Field hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) May 9, 2023
The fact that Wideman is right-handed helps him because of the scarcity of the product in Montreal, but clearly, he knows he’s not an untouchable and is accountable for his performance. Now it’s up to him to deliver.
– He’s going to do it. Good timing, huh?
Connor Bedard would love to don a Blackhawks jerseyhttps://t.co/qyOa2DexWJ
– RDS (@RDSca) May 10, 2023
– Patrick Roy doesn’t underestimate the Mooseheads. [BPM Sports]
– They’ll have to stand up.
– Luc Gelinas (@LucGelinasRDS) May 10, 2023
– Hello and good morning.
Cale Makar and Devon Toews are in the house for Suns vs. Nuggets!
– BarDown (@BarDown) May 10, 2023