Dennis Wideman has already been traded mid-season twice, so he has some experience adjusting to a new team on the fly.
Wideman will have to do just that because he won't get to play in even one exhibition game with the Calgary Flames before their season opener. "I think coaches do a really good job of explaining their system and what they'd like you to do pretty quick," Wideman said. "Then it's just up to me to get it and listen to what they're saying. There's usually a feeling-out process, but we've got, hopefully, seven days of camp where we'll get some intrasquad games and game-like situations so we can get a feel for what he's looking for." He signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract with them over the summer, but obviously the lockout delayed his debut.