Capitals General Manager George McPhee said he wasn't planning on making a deal with Florida for puck-moving defenseman Dennis Wideman, but he jumped at the opportunity when it arose at the trade deadline.

"That one came out of the blue," McPhee said during an appearance yesterday on ESPN 980's The Sports Reporters. "I listened to their GM [Dale Tallon] talk to the media the other day and he said exactly the same thing. It was they hadn't planned on trading him, it came out of the blue, it was a good fit, it worked and they saved some money. We get a good player, a real good player."

McPhee also talked about his hopes for the Capitals' defensive corps -- particularly if and when Mike Green (head) and Tom Poti (groin) get healthy.

"With Wideman in there and [John] Carlson in there, and if we get Green back and Poti back, boy, it's probably one of the better bluelines in the league," McPhee said. "But I think Green will be back and we've got our fingers crossed on Poti."

What do you think of Washington's current group of defensemen, with and without Green and Poti?

(Practice starts at 11 a.m. Stay tuned for updates from Greg Schimmel, who's out at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today.)