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How Much Is Tom Wilson Worth To The Washington Capitals?

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Although there has been steady dialogue, a new contract isn’t “done or close,” said Wilson’s agent, Mark Guy. Washington owns Wilson’s negotiating rights, so it’s not a matter of if there will be an extension, but when — and how much. And because Wilson didn’t elect for arbitration, it’s unclear how late into the summer negotiations might last.

MacLellan’s preference is a long-term deal, and Guy said discussions so far have explored “something north of four years.” Wilson, 24, has already played five full NHL seasons, making that potential term at least two years beyond when he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent....

Wilson is coming off a career season in which he spent the majority of his minutes on the top line with captain Alex Ovechkin. He had 14 goals and 21 assists while playing an average of 15:59 per game — all career highs. He was again one of Washington’s top penalty killers, averaging 1:44 of shorthanded time per game. Although his physical style while playing a top-six role makes him stand out, it also led to three suspensions, one of which caused him to miss the season’s first four games and another that sidelined him for three playoff contests. The fear he instills in opposing players is part of what makes him effective.

That’s also hard to quantify and likely why Wilson didn’t elect for arbitration, typically a small bit of leverage for more experienced restricted free agents....

Washington has roughly $8.2 million in salary cap space with 20 projected roster players under contract, according to CapFriendly.com. Wilson’s previous contract was for two years at $2 million per season, and several industry insiders have ballparked the average annual value for his next deal at between $3.5 million and $4.5 million, depending on its length.


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Hank1974's avatar

Washington has to be careful with this signing.
Wilson, IMO, has peaked. I don’t think you’ll get more than 20g and 40pts with him. And 20 goals may be a stretch.
He’ll likely average between 12-17 goals per year for the next 5 seasons.

But the main issue is Wilson’s style of play.
The NHL is ever evolving and one day (possibly sooner than later), the league will take a more serious look at banning all hits to the head.
If this ever gets passed, then Wilson’s value drops drastically.
Wilson is the type of player who lives to injure his opponents. He only notices the puck once someone has placed it on his stick or rebounds off one of his body parts.

Do you want to pay a guy north of $5M to sit in the press box when he’s serving his umpteenth suspension?
Or how making your team shorthanded again after taking another stupid penalty?

My opinion is obviously skewered because I hate players like Wilson. He’s a dangerous rat that will rack up more CTE victims than points.
He’s exactly what the NHL needs to rid itself of.

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/17/18 at 09:27 AM ET


I agree Hank. My first thought was comparing him to abdelkader and his contract. you’ve got a guy with third-line skill who’s big and physical and scores goals because he’s on the top line and wants four million dollars a year because of it. They’re going to overpay him. And I’m not a fan of him.

Posted by teldar on 07/18/18 at 07:44 AM ET

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