Earlier this week there were various rumblings that surfaced discussing the possibility of the Washington Capitals trading forward Tom Wilson. Wilson is entering the final year of his six-year deal with the Capitals.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, moving Wilson is not going to happen. He discussed the rumors in his 32 Thoughts podcast on Friday.
“During the final, I really didn’t get a chance to look into it too much. I heard the reports. I’ll be honest, I didn’t hear any of the information myself. But I heard the reports. So I finally looked into it now that the Stanley Cup Final is over, and I got rejected,” said Friedman.
“I was told it’s not happening. I was told that the Capitals want to keep him, and they consider him a big part of their future.”
Wilson missed the first half of the 2022-23 season recovering from knee surgery he underwent last June. He played in just 33 games, but recorded 13 goals and nine assists during his brief play in the 2022-23 season. He recorded a personal expected goals for percentage of 43.43 (yes, really) and was a -13.
Wilson has eclipsed 20 goals, 40 points three times in last five seasons, including career-highs with 24 and 52 in 78 games during 2021-22.
Wilson will be eligible to sign an extension of up to eight years with the Capitals, beginning on July 1.
By Jon Sorensen