In the fading hours of Friday night, the Washington Capitals announced that they signed forward Tom Wilson to a six-year extension with an average salary of $5.17 million per year. Initial reaction on social media, was, well, incredible; utter disbelief from the stat-savvy crowd, similar shock from those who have watched his most controversial hits as people cheering for the other team, a staunch degree of defensiveness from Capitals fans, and a heck of a lot of “have you ever played the game”-isms from traditional media types.
If you’re not sure why the deal seems so exorbitant, let’s pull in some context. Here is what his point production looks like compared to what CapFriendly feels are the most similar contracts to his signed over the past 11 years:---
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