Pending unrestricted free agent Dennis Wideman is open to returning to the Washington Capitals next season.
"Obviously, I like it here. I've had a lot of fun here in the last year," he said. "I like where we're going, the core group of guys is really, really good. So why not? I'd love to be back." Wideman had a rough showing in the playoffs, with no goals, three assists and a minus-7 rating in 14 games, but he enjoyed an excellent offensive regular season in 2011-12 while scoring 11 goals and 46 points in 82 contests. He also averaged 23:54 of ice time per game and posted 113 hits, with 132 blocked shots. Wideman could be a sought-after defenseman if he chooses to test the free agent waters.