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August 12, 2019, 9:00 pm

Williams still undecided on return to Hurricanes, GM says

Justin Williams has yet to decide whether he will tax return to the Carolina Hurricanes or leave office aft 18 NHL seasons, broad director Don Waddell said Monday.

Williams still undecided on return to Hurricanes, GM says
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Justin Williams has yet to decide whether he will tax return to the Carolina Hurricanes or leave office aft 18 NHL seasons, broad director Don Waddell said Monday.

"[Carolina proprietor Tom Dundon] and I have both talked to Justin and the state is that he's inactive debating it, I'm not sure which way," Waddell said. "If you asked me, I said a piece back I idea he would likely be playing, but we're inactive in interaction with Justin and he's difficult to make a determination that's best for him and his family."

Williams, who turns 38 on Oct. 4, became an unrestricted free causal agent July 1 aft the two-year, $9 cardinal written agreement he autographed with Carolina on July 1, 2017, expired. Last season, his archetypal as Hurricanes captain, the guardant had 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) in 82 regular-season games and seven points (four goals, three assists) in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping Carolina advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the archetypal time since 2009. 

 

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Williams told the Hurricanes aft the season that he needed some time to decide his future. On June 18, at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, where he was a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, he said he wasn't in a rush to make that determination.

"I'm going to take my time and make sure I make the right one, right?" Williams said. "Because if I'm all in, I'm going to be all in. If I'm not quite all there, then I have to reassess the situation. I'm not going to be good if I'm 85 percent all in. I've got to be all in. That's the only thing that's fair to me, fair to the teammates, fair to everybody."

A three-time Stanley Cup champion (Carolina in 2006; Los Angeles Kings in 2012, 2014), Williams has 786 points (312 goals, 474 assists) in 1,244 regular-regular season games and 101 points (40 goals, 61 assists) 155 playoff games. 

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