If you just can’t wait until the Capitals start their training camp Sept. 23 to get your fix of brobeans and cinnamon rolls, you’re in luck. Five Caps players will man the grill in a promotion for the new Nando’s Peri-Peri opening near Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston on Saturday.
Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Stan Galiev, Nate Schmidt, and Tom Wilson will appear at the new restaurant between noon and 7 p.m. Saturday, along with Capitals alumnus Paul Mulvey, Red Rockers, Caps public address announcer Wes Johnson, Elliot Segal, and Craig and Courtney Laughlin.
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.
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