This seems to me that this might be a case of over playing a player. Wideman is a 3rd or 4th defenseman and went from making 600,000 a year to 3.9 million dollars a year. As far as raises goes that is one hell of a jump. The salaries in the are already getting out of whack after having a work stoppage that cost the a whole season.
Bruins avoid arbitration with Wideman
Monday, July 21, 2008
Dennis Wideman. SPORTSNET.CA
The Boston Bruins and defenceman Dennis Wideman have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing on a new four-year deal worth $15.75 million, Sportsnet has learned.
The 25-year-old, Kitchener, ON native made $600,000 last season.
In 81 games in 2007-08 Wideman scored 13 goals and added 23 assists for 36 points.
He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the eighth round, 241st overall in the 2002 draft. The Bruins acquired him in a trade with St. Louis in 2007.