Dennis Wideman only spent part of one season in Florida, but he’s happy to see that one of his former Panthers teammates, goaltender Tomas Vokoun, opted to join him in Washington with the Capitals.

“I was excited when he decided to sign here,” Wideman said. “We got along really well in Florida and I’m glad that he’s here.”

Many expect the Capitals to benefit from Vokoun’s veteran presence in net, and Wideman is among them. The defenseman believes that the 35-year-old Czech native will have a positive impact not only on the ice, but in the dressing room as well.

“From what I’ve seen out of Vokey is he’s extremely competitive in practice, in games,” Wideman said. “He’s got a lot of pride and he’s a great goalie. So I expect him to come in here and have a really good camp and play well for us.

“He’s been around a long time — he’s a great guy in the room, so it’s great to have him around with young goalies like Neuvy and Holts. From a leaderships standpoint with goaltenders it’s going to be big for us. He’s going to help us back there a lot.”