Capitals’ Tom Wilson tops most hated NHL player on social media

No wonder: the dirty, cheating, POS bastard is scum of the Earth.

Tom Wilson, left, of the Washington Capitals takes a roughing penalty during the second period against Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers during a game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, May 3, 2021. PHOTO BY BRUCE BENNETT/POOL /USA TODAY Sports

Tom Wilson, left, of the Washington Capitals takes a roughing penalty during the second period against Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers during a game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, May 3, 2021. PHOTO BY BRUCE BENNETT/POOL /USA TODAY Sports

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Tom Wilson is the most hated NHL player on social media this past season, but not by much.

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The Washington Capitals enforcer has been known to step over the line judging by his five suspensions for violent acts during his eight seasons in the NHL.

And according to Onlinecasino.ca, which analysed more than 250,000 Twitter and Instagram posts over a three-month period, Wilson led the league in fan trolling with 47.9% negative comments among the more than 19,000 mentions.

The hate for Wilson stems from a regular-season game in early May, when the towering forward punched New York Rangers’ Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head while he lay prone on the ice. Artemi Panarin came to his teammate’s aid, and was subsequently manhandled by Wilson. Panarin missed the final three games of the season due to an injury sustained in the fight.

Wilson, whose offence has picked up in recent years and regularly plays on the Capitals top line with star Alex Ovechkin, only received a $5,000 fine and no suspension for his latest on-ice outburst.

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Nearly 37% of comments toward Wilson were positive, while 15.3% were neutral.

A sliver of a percentage point behind Wilson was Panarin, who received 47.8% negative comments during the same timeframe. Among the 11,350 mentions, 41.7 were positive and 10.5% were neutral.

The most hated player on a Canadian team is William Nylander, with 43.4% of fans trolling the Toronto Maple Leafs winger. Of the 10,550 posts, Nylander also received 41.8% positive mentions and 14.8 were neutral.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid had a low of 21.7% negative online feedback while garnering 59.2% support among 27,890 comments.

Kraken targeting some free agents, Price decision comes down to the wire

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Welcome to 2021, where a fish tells us who’s Kraken. (It was a rehearsal, but it also may have been one of the best promo ideas in recent memory.) We’re less than 24 hours from unveiling Seattle’s expansion picks, and here’s what’s out there:

• It’s strikingly quiet. Those who worked through the 2017 Vegas expansion say that process was “much louder” than this one. There’s been much less communication with other teams from Seattle than there was from the Golden Knights. Does that mean Seattle has fewer trades planned? We’ll see. But, they’ve definitely not been as active across the league.

• They’ve targeted some free agents. What’s going to be interesting is if that means those players are going to be Seattle’s selection from other NHL teams, or the Kraken are going to know they have a deal “in the drawer,” and take a second player from certain clubs. Two teams to watch for — Florida and St. Louis. The Kraken are locked-in on Panthers goalie Chris Driedger. Do they also add someone like Frank Vatrano, or is Driedger the pick? They’re also interested in Jaden Schwartz. If they’re convinced they’ve got something, do they add Schwartz now, or take Vince Dunn and add the winger later? No confirmation on this, but a couple teams think the Kraken like Blake Coleman, too.

• On Carey Price: boy, this is so close to call. They’ve done their deep dive and know everything there is to know. The Canadiens seem to think it’s possible they lose a defenceman (Cale FleuryBrett Kulak) instead. What a wild story this turned into. At the very least, the Kraken wanted Montreal to sweat and if they’d pay to keep Price.

• One NHL player offered to bet Monday night that Mark Giordano would be Seattle’s first captain. I didn’t take it.

Elsewhere:

• The momentum is gaining with Boston and Taylor Hall. Word is Hall wants to stay and the Bruins want to keep him. Nothing is done until it’s done, but there’s a path.

• Mentioned the other day about the possibility of Patrik Laine playing for his $7.5 million qualifying offer in 2021-22. That process is begun. The only hurdle might be if there’s any chance the Blue Jackets move him.