Williams mulls retirement or return to Hurricanes
Justin Williams is currently mulling retirement after 18 seasons in the league, but the Carolina Hurricanes expect 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 indication which way he is leaning.
“He hasn’t given us 100 percent however which way he is going to go,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell told reporters. “I believe he possibly could be leaning toward playingwith, but I believe in the next few months it will shake out.”
Waddell feels there is.
“If he’s going to playwith, we feel he is going to play in Carolina,” Waddell said. “He built a home here, his family’s here, and he explained all along that is where he wants to perform. I really don’t see anything happening in the very near future, but I think during the next time period we will know for certain.”
A forward, williams, had 30 assists and 23 goals in 82 games last season.
He had been part of three Stanley Cup winners, together with the Hurricanes in 2006 along with the Los Angeles Kings at 2014 and 2012. 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 addressed his prospective two weeks ago at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas and indicated he believes no urgency over achieving a determination.
“I’m going to take my time and make sure I make the right one, right?” Williams told reporters at the event. “Because if I am all in, I’m going to be in. If I’m not all there, I have to reassess the situation. If I’m 85 percent all in I’m not going to be good. I’ve got to be all in. That is the only (thing) that’s reasonable to me, honest into the teammates, fair to everyone.”
Williams has 786 career points (312 goals, 474 assists) in 1,244 regular-season games.
–Field Level Media
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