By Bill Sands
The last remaining item on the Washington Capitals’ summer to-do list appears to be nearly completed. Beat reporter Isabelle Khurshudyan announced that winger Tom Wilson was actively engaged in negotiations with the team to put the finishing touches on a new contract.
Wilson is a big-body presence who can also contribute offense, and his performance on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov was instrumental in helping the Caps win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. As a restricted free agent, Wilson was never in any danger of leaving the Caps, but there have been questions about how much he should make, and how long his contract should be. Wilson’s expiring contract saw him fetch around $2 million a year; a new deal will see him earning considerably more.
It is encouraging to hear that progress is being made. The focus for this summer has been consistency for the Capitals, as GM Brian MacLellan seems determined to bring back as many key cup-winning pieces as possible, including Michal Kempny, John Carlson, and Devante Smith-Pelly. Bringing back Wilson would ensure that Washington will return with all nine of their top three lines and would increase the chances of a repeat championship.
Keep an eye on DCpuckDrop as the negotiations continue.