July 28, 2018 / 3:27 AM / a year ago

Caps, F Wilson reach six-year, $31 million deal

FILE PHOTO - Apr 1, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) plays the puck in the corner against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Capitals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Tom Wilson to a six-year contract worth $5.17 million annually, the team announced Friday.

Wilson was a restricted free agent this offseason. He made $2.25 million last 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,” said senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan in a team 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.”

Wilson posted career highs in goals (14), assists (21) and penalty minutes (187) with the Capitals last season. The winger, a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has 35 goals and 69 assists in 391 games across five seasons with Washington.

Wilson has earned a reputation as one of the league’s most physical players. He was suspended three games during the Capitals’ march to their first Stanley Cup title for breaking the jaw of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese with a hit in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

During the playoffs, Wilson also narrowly avoided suspensions for a hit to the head of Penguins defender Brian Dumoulin in Game 2 of their series and an open-ice check to Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Wilson had five goals and 10 assists during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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