Williams mulls retirement or return to Hurricanes
Justin Williams is currently mulling retirement after 18 seasons in the league, but the Carolina Hurricanes hope their 2018-19 captain will decide to play another year.
The 37-year-old veteran became an unrestricted free agent on Monday and has not given the team any sign which way he is leaning.
“He hasn’t given us 100 percent yet which way he’s going to move,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell told reporters. “I think he possibly could be leaning toward acting , but I believe in the next few months it will shake out.”
Waddell feels there is.
“If he is going to playwith, we believe he’s going to play in Carolina,” Waddell said. “He built a house here, his loved ones here, and he said all along this is where he wishes to play. I don’t see anything happening in the very near future, but I think over the next period of time we will know for certain.”
Williams, a forward, had 30 assists and 23 goals in 82 games last season.
He was been part of three Stanley Cup winners, with the Los Angeles Kings in 2014 and 2012 and the Hurricanes in 2006. He won the Conn Smythe Award as MVP of the 2014 playoffs when he scored 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 26 games.
Williams dealt with his prospective two weeks back at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas and signaled he believes no urgency over reaching a determination.
“I will take my time and make sure I make the best one, right?” Williams told reporters at the event. “Because if I am all in, I’m going to be in. If I am not all there, I must reassess the circumstance. If I am 85 percent all in I’m not going to be good. I have got to be all in. That is the only (thing) that is reasonable to me, honest to the teammates, honest to everybody.”
Williams includes 786 career factors (312 aims, 474 aids ) in 1,244 regular-season games.
–Field Level Media
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