That was all most of us wanted to know about Tom Wilson this summer.
We were notified today that Willy has signed a six-year contact for $31.02 million with an average annual value of $5.17 million.
Tom Wilson was a restricted free agent this summer. His previous two-year contract was for $4 million or an average of $2 million a year. This new contract gives him a bump of $3.17 million per yearly average.
In the Capitals press release GM Brian MacLellan said: “Tom is an invaluable member of our team and we are pleased that he is committed to sign a long-term deal at this point in his career. Tom is a unique player in this League, in that he plays a physical game, leads by example and contributes in every facet of the game. At 24 years of age, he is just entering his prime and we believe that he will only continue to excel and improve as a player.”
What are the Capitals getting for their money?
In 391 games played in the NHL – all with the Capitals, he has recorded 104 points (39 G and 69 A).
He also spent 806 minutes sitting in the penalty box. His time spent in the sin bin dramatically increased this season from 133 to 187 minutes.
His scoring performance during the 2017/18 playoffs was tainted by the number of times he was called for penalties. He ended the regular season with 14 goals and 21 assists, up 16 points from the previous season. Unfortunately the Department of Player Safety suspended him for three games in the second round of the playoffs after a hit resulted in a broken jaw for Zach Aston-Reese of the Penguins. This left a lingering negative memory around the league. Wilson upped his game in the playoffs though with five goals and 10 assists. Quite the contribution!!
Like the calls or not, Tom Wilson needs to manage the size of him body (6′ 4″ and 218 pounds of solid muscle) to avoid another suspension. The NHL, and other teams, have their eyes on this rugged player which makes it easier for him to wind up with more penalties than necessary. He has proven he is ready to take his game to the next level and we look forward to seeing him do just that.
And we the fans get to see that smiling face in game after game! He brings a lightheartedness to the Caps, which they will need now that they have brought the Cup hooooommmmme!!