Capitals sign Tom Wilson to a seven-year extension
The Washington Capitals have signed forward Tom Wilson to a seven-year extension, worth $45.5 million, the Capitals announced today. The extension will start for the 2024-2025 season and will have be worth an average of $6.5 million a year. The Capitals locked up a key piece of their organization and likely future Captain when Alex Ovechkin retires.
Wilson missed a large part of last season recovering from an ACL surgery but was an immediate impact when he was on the ice and had 13 goals in just 33 games. Wilson has 128 goals and 167 assist in ten seasons.
Wilson is a complete player who started his career as a fourth line tough guy at 19 years old, and is now a top line goal scorer. The Capitals retain one of their faces of their franchise and their enforcer.
Wilson is not only a top line player, he is one of the best fighters, hardest hitters and most feared player in the NHL. On the power play and penalty kill Wilson makes an impact.
The Wilson extension is a very big move for the Capitals, he is a big part of the community on and off the ice.
Here is the Capitals press release. Followed by a Wilson high light video.
The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Tom Wilson to a seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Wilson’s extension will begin with the 2024-25 season and will carry an average annual value of $6.5 million. Wilson is under contract with Washington through the 2030-31 season.
“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,” said MacLellan. “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.”
Wilson, 29, recorded 22 points (13g, 9a) in 33 games (0.67 P/GP) with the Capitals last season, a 54-point pace over 82 games. Despite missing 49 games in 2022-23, Wilson ranked tied for fifth on the team in goals and power-play goals (4). The 6’4″, 220-pound forward has recorded 295 points (128g, 167a) in 680 career games with Washington.
During the 2021-22 season, Wilson set career highs in goals (24), assists (28), points (52), power-play points (10) and ice time per game (18:35) in 78 games played. The Toronto, Ontario native ranked tied for second on the Capitals in goals and fourth in assists and points. In addition, Wilson’s 0.67 points-per-game rate in 2021-22 was the second highest of his career (2020-21: 0.70 P/GP). Wilson also set a career low for penalty minutes in an 82-game season (98 PIMs) in 2021-22 and his 240 hits ranked tied for 11th in the NHL. Wilson was just one of two players to finish the season with 200-plus hits and 50-plus points (also Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk). Wilson represented the Capitals at the 2022 NHL All-Star game in Las Vegas, his first career All-Star Game selection.
Wilson, a three-time 20-goal scorer, has scored 80 even-strength goals since 2017-18, which ranks second on the Capitals in that span (Alex Ovechkin: 176). In addition, Wilson is the only Capitals forward to average at least 1:30 of power play ice time per game (1:30) and shorthanded ice time per game (1:49) over the last six seasons.
During the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup run, Wilson recorded 15 points (5g, 10a) in 21 games, establishing career playoff highs in goals, assists and points. Wilson registered a point in 11 of his 21 playoff games, including four multi-point efforts and three points (2g, 1a) in Washington’s five Stanley Cup Final games against the Vegas Golden Knights. In 83 career playoff games, Wilson has recorded 31 points (14g, 17a).
Since making his NHL regular-season debut on Oct. 1, 2013, Wilson ranks seventh in the NHL in hits (2,039) and leads Capitals forwards in blocked shots (400). Wilson ranks third in franchise history in penalty minutes (1,299) and tied for ninth in shorthanded goals (7).
Wilson was drafted by Washington in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. Among his draft class, Wilson ranks third in games played, sixth in goals and seventh in points.