Hurricanes Sign Justin Williams to One-Year Deal, $700,000 Plus Incentives

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Justin Williams to a one-year contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. The contract will pay Williams a base salary of $700,000, and he can earn an additional $1.3 million in potential bonuses based on individual and team play in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Williams’ Bonus structure:

  • $150,000 for 10 games;
  • $100,000 for 20;
  • $250,000 for playoffs;
  • $100,000 per playoff-round win,
  • $250,000 if Carolina wins the Stanley Cup,
  • $250,000 if he wins the Conn Smythe.


Williams, 38, has recorded 786 points (312g, 474a) in 1,244 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Flyers, Kings and Capitals. He is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, winning titles with Carolina in 2006 and Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014 and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2014. Williams has tallied 305 points (120g, 185a) in 429 career games with the Hurricanes, ranking seventh in team history (since relocation) in goals and assists and ninth in points. He is one of nine players in NHL history to score 100 goals and win the Stanley Cup with two different franchises.

“We’ve been in frequent contact with Justin over the last few months regarding his status,” said Waddell. “We’re thrilled that he has decided to return to playing, and we’re confident that adding him to our group will help us both on and off the ice.”

The 6’1″, 184-pound forward was named the 16th captain in franchise history on Sept. 13, 2018. During the 2018-19 regular season, he posted 53 points (23g, 30a) to help guide the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. In the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Williams recorded seven points (4g, 3a) in 15 games as the Hurricanes advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. During the 2018-19 regular season, Williams posted his highest single-season point total since 2011-12 and scored 20 goals for the seventh time in his career. Williams was selected by his teammates as the winner of the 2018-19 Steve Chiasson Award, presented annually to the Hurricanes player that best exemplifies determination and dedication while proving to be an inspiration to his teammates through his performance and approach to the game.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to Hurricanes Sign Justin Williams to One-Year Deal, $700,000 Plus Incentives

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Elderly NHL players returning from long sabbaticals has a high failure rate! NHL lore is filled to the brim with stories of this or that former superstar who tries to make a “comeback” … and almost always it’s a disaster. Ilya Kovalchuk, anyone? How about Mike Richards? Bobby Hull did an admirable job as a 50+ year-old with Hartford way back when!

    The CY 2020 NHL overall talent level has become so high — with magnificent players streaming in from all over the world — that demand for a recycled over-35 player anywhere is exceedingly rare. It’s kind of a reversal of the mid-1970s days when the NHL and WHL competed bitterly for the few available talented players. Now even the 31-team NHL isn’t big enough for the crush of extraordinary players available. Gosh, even the 217th pick in the 2018 NHL draft is a highly skilled sniper! [Can you name him, Caps’ fans?]

    Yes, Day One is a grouchy old curmudgeon for sure. But I was not a fan of bringing Mr. Williams to the Caps in the first place. Caps at the time (and now too) had plenty of veteran and senior talent on the roster!

    Another disaster waiting to happen is Byfuglien … guaranteed that somebody will take a flyer on him when he recovers from surgery.

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