Justin Williams is headed back to where he started to become a household name, the Carolina Hurricanes. The 36-year old signed a two-year worth $9 million to rejoin the Hurricanes after spending the previous two seasons with the Washington Capitals.
Welcome back, Justin Williams! #Redvolution
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) July 1, 2017
Williams spent five seasons with Carolina, scoring a career-best 76 points in he 2005-06 season in which he helped lead the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup. Mr. Game 7 has since won two more Stanley Cups both with the Los Angeles Kings. His leadership and tangibles were what the Capitals were hoping helped them to get over the hump when they signed him to a free agent deal in 2015-16.
Unfortunately despite his efforts, the Capitals came up short each of the two seasons losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last season, Williams posted 24 goals and 24 assists in 80 games.
But the Capitals were strapped with little money in their salary cap. The team re-signed T.J. Oshie to a massive eight-year deal earlier this week, sealing the fate of Williams with the team.
The Hurricanes may not be contenders such as the Capitals, but Williams’ presence on a young team will help them grow over the next two seasons into becoming one.