Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has signed a massive seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2030-31 season. The 29-year-old was entering the final season of his six-year, $31 million contract signed in 2018. The new contract carries an average annual value of $6.5 million.
Wilson had a solid performance in the 2023-24 season, recording 13 goals and nine assists. Despite his controversial history, which includes multiple suspensions and fines, the Capitals organization has shown faith in Wilson’s abilities and commitment to the team.
Capitals senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement, “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.”
Wilson expressed his gratitude on Twitter, saying, “Feeling extremely honored today as I get to sign an extension with the city that I’ve called home for the last 10 years.” Sports reporter Scott Abraham also tweeted, “7-year contract for Tom Wilson. He might be a Cap for Life!”.
Feeling extremely honored today as I get to sign an extension with the city that I’ve called home for the last 10 years. Being a Cap means so much to me and I can’t wait to continue to compete and leave it all out there with this team. Thanks to the Caps family for the support!
— Tom Wilson (@tom_wilso) August 4, 2023
The Capitals’ star player, Alex Ovechkin, also has a significant contract with the team. Ovechkin signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract in 2021, with a cap hit of $9.5 million. Ovechkin’s contract will expire after the 2025-26 season when he is 40 years old.
Wilson’s signing has generated mixed reactions due to his controversial past, which includes incidents like punching Pavel Buchnevich and body-slamming Artemi Panarin. However, the Capitals organization and fans are optimistic about Wilson’s future with the team and his potential to contribute to their success.
Overall, Tom Wilson’s seven-year contract extension with the Washington Capitals is a significant commitment from both the player and the organization. Despite his controversial history, the Capitals believe in Wilson’s abilities and leadership qualities. With both Wilson and Ovechkin locked in for the foreseeable future, the Capitals are poised to remain competitive in the NHL.