The Capitals announced late Friday night that they have reached an agreement with restricted free agent Tom Wilson on a six-year deal. The contract will pay the 24-year old winger $31 million – an average of 5.17 million per year which ranks 22nd among all right-wingers. The five-year vet will carry a cap hit of $5,170,000.; coming in after Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter and Vegas’ David Clarkson ($5.25 million) and just above Vegas’ Reilly Smith ($5 million). In regards to all Capitals’ players, Wilson’s 2018-19 salary ranks eighth on the team between T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen (both $5.7 million) and Dmitry Orlov ($5.1 million).
With Wilson signed, Washington has locked up 19 of the 21 players that dressed in Game 5 of the Cup Final – only Jay Beagle and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer will not return to the team.
The much-maligned Wilson is coming off a career-best season where he tallied 14 goals and 21 assists and finished sixth on the team in scoring. During the Capitals’ championship run, Wilson was a pivotal piece playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov. With 15 points and his ability to get opposing players off their game with his physical style of play proving to be quite valuable.
While Wilson was a huge part of the Capitals finally claiming their first Stanley Cup at just the age of 24, there’s no way around the fact that this contract is still a risk for the cap-strapped Capitals. The deal is definitely very pricey for someone that has never surpassed 35 points in a season. Meanwhile, it’s obviously too soon to write the deal off completely as Wilson is a former first-round pick for a reason, improving offensively each year, and will likely continue to play with great talent around him. Only time will tell.
As aforementioned, Wilson’s 5.17 AAV salary ranks 22nd out of all right wingers; coming in after Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter and Vegas’ David Clarkson ($5.25 million) and just above Vegas’ Reilly Smith ($5 million). In regards to all Capitals’ players, Wilson’s 2018-19 salary ranks eighth on the team between T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen (both $5.7 million) and Dmitry Orlov ($5.1 million).
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