Tom Wilson Will Make Season Debut On Sunday

The Washington Capitals announced Saturday morning that center Nicklas Backstrom will make his season debut on Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. A half hour later they also announced that winger Tom Wilson will also return on Sunday.

The Capitals public relations department later confirmed the somewhat cryptic tweet that Wilson will indeed return against the Blue Jackets.

The Capitals announced on May 25 that Wilson had undergone successful knee surgery on a torn ACL and would be out six to eight months. Wilson tore the ACL in his left knee in the first period of Game 1 of their first-round series with the Florida Panthers on May 3.

The Capitals also announced that John Carlson was moved to long-term injured reserve, freeing up the salary cap space for Nicklas Backstrom’s return. However, the team will need to make additional roster moves to fit both Backstrom and Wilson on the 23-man roster.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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7 Responses to Tom Wilson Will Make Season Debut On Sunday

  1. KimRB says:

    Hope to see Mantha tomorrow in a sharp suit, tie and dress shoes, chatting amicably with Alexeyev and NAK, while munching popcorn, and signing an autograph or two.

    Anywhere, but on the ice

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    The playlist in honor of Wilson

    “Whip it” — Devo
    “Wilson” — Phish
    And also Wilson goal song

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

    Another Festivus miracle!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Now we’re really gonna find out what this team is capable of.

  5. hockeydruid says:

    Just wondering if in 2 weeks if both Backy and Wilson show that they are 100% and can last the season and playoffs if the GM doesnt work a trade for Eller and Mantha to 1 team for a high pick or picks; maybe Chicago or Detroit or even Montreal or Arizona or Anaheim.

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