The summer months haven’t been too shabby for Caps players. Karl Alzner and his wife, Mandy, welcomed a baby boy in early June, while TJ and Lauren Oshie had their second girl about three weeks later. Ovi just got married. And, of course, there’s been a whole lot of golfing — a staple of the offseason.
Most recently, Tom Wilson hit the course with girlfriend Taylor Pischke, a Canadian volleyball player. Wilson captioned the photo: Newest member of the LPGA @taylor_pischke. While the message’s intention was to be cute, Andre Burakovsky, on the other hand, only saw a challenge, commenting: Yeah you need to practice buddy, I will beat you when I’m back.
Wednesday night, Tom Wilson showed off his ingenuity in a classic Snapchat from girlfriend Taylor Pischke.
While Wilson read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in bed, he realized it was too dark. Instead of reaching for the lamp, Wilson grabbed, according to Pischke, a magic wand and lit up the room.
Tuesday night, Michael Phelps won his twentieth and twenty-first career gold medals and received congratulations from an unlikely source: Canadian NHL’er Tom Wilson. The Caps forward called Phelps a #beast an posted a photo of the two together in the Caps locker room.
Photo: Patrick Smith
The Caps announced on Thursday that they re-signed not-at-all controversial right winger Tom Wilson to a 2-year deal that will carry a cap hit of $2 million. This may be hard to believe about a Wilson-related topic, but a lot of people had opinions about this deal.
The cap hit is a bit higher than I expected. Wilson carried a cap hit of $894,000 last season, so my eye-test guess was that he’d come in with a cap hit around $1.5 million.
Is the difference of $500,000 a big deal? Yes and no. Yes, it’s $500,000 less that the Caps have to use in free agency. They were already tight up against the salary cap so this further limits their flexibility. But also no, because a 25% payment above what I expected at $2 million isn’t all that big of a deal compared to a 25% over-payment on a deal worth significantly more.
In the end, the Caps seemed to have slightly overpaid for Wilson, but not so much that we need to serve up hot takes in response. Let’s take a look at why.
Photo: Mark Goldman
The Capitals announced on Thursday that they have agreed to a two-year contract extension with forward Tom Wilson. Wilson, who was selected by the Capitals 16th overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, was scheduled to become an RFA on July 1. The contract is worth $1.75 million next season, and $2.25 million in 2017-2018.
On Tuesday night, a day after news broke that Michael Latta would not receive a qualifying offer from the Washington Capitals, I had a lengthy interview with the forward, who is now set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Latta told me that he was caught off guard by the team’s decision to non-tender him, but had nothing but good things to say about his teammates and his time in Washington.
“I was getting texts from everyone,” Latta said when the news dropped. “I wasn’t replying right away to [Tom], so he double, triple, quadruple texted me.”
“I think that’s one of the best things about hockey, the relationships you build,” Latta continued. “Tom and I obviously have become very close and will probably be one of my best friends forever. I’ll take a lot of good things from Washington, like the friendships I’ve built.”
Latta, who according to Hockey Fights has dropped the gloves 106 times in his professional career, will now look for a new team. He’s hoping to find a spot where he can bring energy every night and penalty kill. Depending on where he ends up, Latta could find himself playing against his former Caps teammates next year. It may get very awkward for fans.
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