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Report: Tom Wilson Trade ‘Not Happening,’ Caps See Him As Key Future Piece



Capitals forward Tom Wilson
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) warms up for the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on April 11, 2019, at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)

The subject of numerous trade rumors, Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson isn’t going anywhere — for now.

“I was told it’s not happening,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said on Friday’s 32 Thoughts podcast. “I was told the Capitals want to keep him and they consider him a big part of their future.”

Wilson, 29, missed the bulk of the 2022-23 season after surgery on a torn ACL. He returned to play in 33 games, tallying 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) in that span.

The recent report comes after the Los Angeles Kings were reported to show interest in Wilson, who is entering the final year of his contract.

“I’d like Tom to finish up in Washington,” general manager Brian MacLellan said on Breakdown Day. “He’s been a big part of our culture, our group. He’s consistently gotten better throughout the years. We’re going to do everything we can to sign him.”

Wilson is eligible to sign an extension with the Capitals starting on July 1, when unrestricted free agency opens.

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.