A Capitals team still looking to get over the playoff hump will have to do it without one of their most veteran leaders next season. Justin Williams has signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Williams will get $9 million over the 24-month span. The winger played for Carolina for four seasons, from 2005-2009.
A proven winner, Williams was signed as a free agent by the Capitals in 2015 to help the Caps in the postseason. Who better to lead Washington in the playoffs than Mr. Game 7 himself who has won three Stanley Cups and earned a 7-0 record in Game 7s?
Now, however, Williams is Mr. 7-1 after the Caps' Game 7 loss to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs.
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Williams will turn 36 in October, but was still in high demand as a free agent not just for his leadership, but for his production. Williams finished third among the Caps in goals last season with 24 and also added on another 24 assists.
There was some question heading into the offseason about whether Washington would try to bring Williams back. Facing cap constraints, there was not much money to bring back any of its unrestricted free agents. With the new contract for T.J. Oshie, it was clear Williams would be headed elsewhere this summer.