By Elyse Bailey
Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson was mic’d up for the Capitals first preseason game against against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Capitals lost in overtime that night 2-1. But in the end, we’re all winners because there’s footage of Wilson calling Jordan Staal fat.
The mic’d up video begins with Wilson being lovely and cordial in a quick on-ice interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Al Koken. Wilson also gets reacquainted with the Hurricanes’ back-up goalie for the night, Alex Nedeljkovic. Wilson and Nedeljkovic played together on the OHL Plymouth Whalers.
Tom Wilson: Sup big man.
Alex Nedeljkovic: What’s going on man?
TW: Good, you?
TW: You gettin’ any games or no?
AN: I’ll play the third period here so, we’ll see how long I stay after that.
TW: Give me one [expletive].
AN: I gave everybody one yesterday.
TW: Oh yeah?
AN: I don’t know if I can give too many more out.
TW: Yeah that’s alright, do your thing.
TW: Good to see ya, brother.
AN: You too, man. Good luck.
TW: Good luck!
During the first period, Wilson lays out Patrick Brown with a huge bodycheck at center ice.
Wilson then gets in a game-long back-and-forth with Jordan Staal.
During a melee in front of Caps goaltender Vitek Vanecek, Wilson grabs Staal.
“Settle down,” Wilson says calmly, before being cursed at by a Hurricanes player. “What are you talking about? Want me to start f*cking going? You want me to start f*cking going? You don’t want me to start f*cking going!”
Later in the game, Wilson and Staal meet again and hug as they gently slide into the end boards.
“That’s heavy,” Wilson tells Staal, surprised that he cannot move the big pivot.
“I know it is,” Staal says with candor. “240, buddy. I can barely move though.”
“Holy sh*t!” Wilson responds. “Did you train this summer? You pass the fat test?”
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