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Capitals tell Wolski that he’ll be a top-six forward

Jul 12, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

Wojtek Wolski #86 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on September 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.
(September 22, 2011 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

As you might have already heard, the Washington Capitals have inked Wojtek Wolski to a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Washington Capitals.

Wolski has been a big disappointment over the last two seasons, but it’s hard to not to like the signing, given how little of a monetary commitment they’ve made. That being said, it was a little surprising to learn that Washington has already promised him a sizable role in 2012-13.

Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times is reporting that Wolski has already been informed that he’ll play on one of Washington’s top two lines.

“It’s definitely in that role. There’s already so many great players in those top two lines,” Wolski said. “I’d like to help fill another spot in that area. I think we’re going to have a lot of success.”

Of course, getting that spot and holding it are two different things, but Wolski does think that working with Washintong’s new coach, Adam Oates, will help him succeed.

“I think there’s a lot to learn from him,” Wolski said. “He was so gifted as a player that he can definitely teach you little things that you may not be able to learn from any other coach.”

If not, at least they didn’t break the bank on this gamble.

  1. polegojim - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Wow – seriously?

    Perhaps if he decides to play an ‘entire season’, I guess there could be something there.

    So far he’s yet to deliver an ‘October – June’ effort. Typically Oct – Dec… at best.

  2. dchillin - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Washintong… how do you make this mistake?

    • holtbeast - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM


      1. the Washington Capitals have inked Wojtek Wolski to a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Washington Capitals.

      2. it’s hard to not to like the signing

      I know it’s just a sports blog, but have some self-respect and read over your posts before you click ‘Submit’.

  3. capsfan19 - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    This will be interesting, especially for a player in need of consistency. Buutt the question is does this gurantee no return of alex semin?

    • dipthatchip - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      that was guaranteed months ago

  4. sportsfreak13 - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I don’t understand how management told him he would be a top 6 forward but then are paying him like the 13th forward. Pretty sure paul bissonette makes more then this guy. Might be time to get a new agent wolski.

  5. blackfoot11 - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    The Caps top six forwards going into camp are Backstrom, Ovechkin, Laich, Brouwer, Chimera, and Ribeiro. Johansson could be in the mix as well. I think he will have the opportunity to compete for a top six forward, but will likely be a third/fourth liner at best.

  6. ravenscaps48 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    He’ll score twenty if he gets paired with McRib

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      I’m looking forward to this season very much. We’re getting back to our offensive ways… Now, once GMGM trades Green, Schultz, and Draft Picks for Shea Weber, then I shall request off from work on June 21, 2013 and stand in the National Mall when the Champions Parade comes through DC! HI-YOOOO!!!

  7. bcjim - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    For 600gr? Fine from the teams perspective and I understand that may have been his best offer but when (if) he starts producing, that 600K is going to taste somewhat bitter.

    This is (sort of) what happened with Vokoun imo, he was making a pittance compared to his value and he played down to his contract.

    I think you need to give a guy like Wolski at least 1 or 1.5 just to make sure he comes with a good attitude.

    The thing they really need to do is swallow their pride and resign Alex Semin. Just stupid letting him walk.

    • budvw14 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      You’ll be be lucky if he plays up to the 600K! He couldn’t stay on the ice for 3.5 mill, only making 600 thousand, he’s probably already sitting in the tub as we speak. Might be smart though! Give him 20% of his previous salary because he surely won’t play more than 20 percent of the games. The guy is made of glass and dry rotted rubber bands. He probably broke or tore something just signing the contract!

  8. capsfan19 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Guranteed months ago? Eh i dunno about that. You know he’ll miss his buddy ovi

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