If ever you missed the shocking news on Friday evening, here it is: the Washington Capitals signed Tom Wilson to a six-year contract, the team announced.
Wilson’s new deal is a lucrative one that will pay the forward an average of $5.17 million per season.
“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,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in a press release. “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.”
If you believe the price tag on Wilson's new contract is a big too high, then, you are clearly not the only one. Fans across the National Hockey League usually have strong opinions about what is taking place and aren't usually worried about making it known on social media. However, on Friday night, a few NHL insiders took a shot a Wilson and his new deal.
When the deal was announced, The Hockey News' Adam Proteau made a joke, yet still making a point that many people might be wondering about, concerning the massive contract that the Capitals are taking on with Wilson.
Proteau made the cruel joke: "The only thing missing from Tom Wilson's contract announcement is a projected buyout date."
This is the type of blow Wilson is used to give rival players, not be the one on the receiving end. And, it did not stop there. The New York Islanders team insider from The Athletic Arthur Staple made a brutal comment on why now his club could count on new head coach Barry Trotz. Remember Trotz resigned from his position with the Capitals following unsuccessful contract renegotiations. Trotz reportedly had a clause in his contract that enabled him to sign a two year extension with the team should he win the Stanley Cup. That extension is believed to have come with a $300,000 annual raise, but given how much coach’s contracts have skyrocketed in recent seasons, Trotz believed that his value was greater on the open market. He then got the job in Brooklyn.
"Now we know why they couldn’t give Barry Trotz a raise," commented Staple.
In 78 regular-season games this past season, Wilson, who was coming off a two-year bridge deal that had an annual salary cap hit of $2 million, set new career highs with 14 goals, 21 assists, 123 shots on goal, 51 blocked shots and 15:59 in ice-time per game.
Let's hope for Wilson he gets better comments from the Caps insiders and his teammates... Or else, it could be a looong six-year deal...