Capitals get it right with Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals officially put the Tom Wilson trade fantasy to bed on the morning of Friday August 4 by re signing him to a seven year extension worth $45.5 million. It will kick in during the 2024 25 season and will carry an average annual value (AAV) of $6.5 million.

That means Wilson will be a Capital through the 2030 31 season.

Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in a press release:

"“Tom possesses all the intangibles needed to win in this League and we are extremely pleased to sign him to a long-term contract, giving him the opportunity to finish his career in a Capitals’ uniform. Throughout his career, Tom has improved every facet of his game through his drive and competitiveness. We feel his work ethic and leadership qualities will be a tremendous asset to our organization for years to come.”"

The 29 year old recorded 22 points in 33 games last season which averages to 0.67 points per game with 13 goals and nine assists. Had he played a full 82 games he would’ve been on pace to record 55 points.

Despite missing 49 games last season, Wilson ranked tied for fifth on the team in goals and power play goals with four. The six foot four, 220 pound forward has recorded 295 points with 128 goals and 167 assists in 680 career games with Washington.

This move not only silences the trade rumors created by other teams fans and markets, but also ensures that Wilson can be named team captain when Ovechkin hangs up his skates.

The great eight has three years left on his deal. Sorry to confuse you with math but if Ovi has three years left, the seven year contract kicks in not this season but the next year.

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That means when Ovehckin’s contract is up, Wilson will have five years left on his deal. By that point Alex Ovechkin can do whatever he wants. If he chooses to hang up his skates you got Tom Wilson as captain for the next five years at least.