The Capitals signed free-agent right wing Justin Williams to a two-year contract to help get them over the mountainous hump of the second round of the playoffs.

On Thursday, two days after the Capitals saw their season ended by the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the second round of the playoffs, the Caps’ 34-year-old veteran sugar-coated nothing.

“Listen, it was a failure,” Williams said. “I’m not going to beat around the bush. I came here to try to help this team win and I didn’t do it. People will be upset about that, (me) calling it a failure, but there’s only one team that gets to finish the season with a win and we weren’t it this year, so I consider it a failure from that aspect, but a positive that I know this team can do it.”

Williams said he was “absolutely” happy with his decision to sign a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Capitals and believes the Caps are good enough to challenge for his fourth Stanley Cup ring a year from now.

“What we need is a winner,” he said. “I’m certainly not going to say that we can’t do it because we can and sometimes you want people against you because then you have something united to work for and we’re going to prove you wrong and tell all the naysayers right now that are saying that we can’t get it done, bring it on.”

 

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