Report: Justin Willams Has Narrowed His List to 3-4 Teams, Caps Not One of Them

untitledSince the Capitals re-signed top-line right wing T.J. Oshie to an eight-year contract, fellow right wing Justin Williams’ future has been one of the many topics of discussions. It seems all but inevitable that Williams will be looking for a new home come July 1.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Williams has narrowed his list of teams to 3-4 teams and the Capitals no longer appear to be an option for the three-time Stanley Cup champion. Signed by the Caps two years ago as part of their effort to win a championship, the Caps failed to advance past the second round of the playoffs in both of Williams’ two seasons with the team.

While his departure seemed likely after General Manager Brian MacLellan told the Washington Post’s Isablle Khurshudyan that the Caps were likely done negotiating with their multiple unrestricted free agents, it is still a sad day. Williams quickly became a fan favorite due to his no-nonsense playing style and commitment to the team. In 162 games played in a Capitals sweater, Williams scored 46 goals and added 54 assists for 100 points, while finishing with a plus/minus rating of plus-29 and added 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 25 playoff games.

At 35-years old, Williams is closer to the end of his career and with the Capitals prepared to give their young forward prospects an opportunity to make the opening night roster, it was unlikely he was going to return unless he was willing to take a significant pay cut.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

I was born into a family of Caps fans and have been watching games as long as I can remember. I was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, I am a diehard Caps fan and the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, I have met Joe himself. My favorite player became Nate Schmidt after I met him in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. I am also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles (Photo by Adam Vingana in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp)
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3 Responses to Report: Justin Willams Has Narrowed His List to 3-4 Teams, Caps Not One of Them

  1. Craig Trulock says:

    hey justin williams please stay in washington the teams loves you at the verizon center please don’t leave town

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