Penguins, Panthers make swap

Photos: China Wong, KDP Studio

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Chris Wideman from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jean-Sebastien Dea.

Wideman was assigned to AHL Springfield by the Panthers on Jan. 7 and has three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in 16 games with the Thunderbirds. He also has two goals and five assists in 25 NHL games this season between Florida, Edmonton and Ottawa.

The 29-year-old Wideman won the Eddie Shore Award as the outstanding defenseman in the AHL in 2014-15, when he posted 19 goals and 61 points with the Binghamton Senators. All told, Wideman has 33 goals and 110 assists for 143 points with a plus-20 rating in 224 career AHL games.

Wideman has skated in 181 career NHL games, recording 16 goals and 29 assists for 45 points.

Dea has collected six goals and 16 assists for 22 points in 26 games with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season. He also has four goals and two assists in 23 NHL games between Pittsburgh and New Jersey.

A fifth-year pro, Dea has skated in 288 career AHL contests, all with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He has 72 goals and 91 assists for 163 points, good for sixth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.

In 29 career NHL games with the Penguins and Devils, Dea has totaled five goals and two assists for seven points.