The Washington Times - April 13, 2011, 11:46AM

When it was revealed that Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman was in the hospital with a pretty severe leg injury, there wasn’t a whole lot of optimism around the team. Wideman suffered right leg hematoma and compartment syndrome as a result of a Tuomo Ruutu hit on March 29 and was hospitalized.

Now, a few days’ worth of good news. Wideman was released from the hospital Monday and reportedly was at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday during the team’s morning skate.

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“He’s coming along. He’s walking now. I mean I don’t expect him back for this series. But he’s a really determined young man, and he’s rehabbing it pretty hard right now. He’s a lot better today than he was yesterday,” Bruce Boudreau said. “I don’t know if that means anything, but if that rate of recovery is good, it wouldn’t surprise me – three weeks, he’ll be ready.”

That’s, of course, an estimation by the coach, who didn’t go to medical school. But it’s a positive indication after an injury that derailed a very promising season for the veteran defenseman.

As for when Wideman will be able to be back on the ice with the Caps, Boudreau didn’t know. But he and his team hope they’re able to keep playing long enough for Wideman to get into playoff games.