The announcements of expected departures continued early Saturday afternoon with the announcement that Justin Williams has signed with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Williams signed with his former team for 2 years at $9 million.
Justin Williams deal with Carolina Hurricanes breaks down to $5M in year 1 and $4M in year 2. #TSN
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Williams noted on the NHL network that a big deciding factor in his decision was family, as his son Jackson was born in Raleigh while he was in Carolina for his first stint. Williams also added that he thought the Hurricanes were a team on the rise and will be a playoff contender this coming season.
As per Sportsnet, “We said that we needed goal scoring and veteran leadership and Justin will bring us both,” Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said in a statement. “He believes in what we are doing here and is returning to Raleigh to help the Hurricanes take the next step.”
The 2014 Conn Smythe winner spent the better part of five seasons with the Hurricanes early in his career, winning a Stanley Cup with the team in 2006.
By Jon Sorensen