Justin Williams has already met with the Washington Capitals and plans to do so again.
After another disappointing second round exit, the Washington Capitals are in for some changes. A majority of them will come thanks to the Caps having so many free agents. One of them is Justin Williams. Signed back in the 2015 offseason to help the Capitals get over the hump, he has 46 goals and 44 assists over the past two seasons.
Williams is open to returning. As a matter of fact, he has already met with the Caps and plans to meet with them again, according to CSN’s JJ Regan.
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He might be a quality addition to the team if they can’t re-sign T.J. Oshie, who is also a free agent. However, reading the tea leafs of Brian MacLellan’s post-season press conference, the Capitals seem to want to get younger and faster. With all due respect to Williams, he’s 35 years old and will be 36 years old in August. Time is not generous to older players, although thanks to his hockey IQ, Mister Game 7 hasn’t declined too much. But still, Williams certainly isn’t as fast as he once was.
The veteran forward would be a welcome addition to many teams. Williams has proven to be one of the most clutch forwards in recent history, helping the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings (twice) win the Stanley Cup.
After the season, Williams said he would like to return to the Capitals. But considering Andre Burakovsky has earned a promotion into the top six forward group, there might not be room for him if Oshie re-signs as expected.