Williams mulls retirement or return to Hurricanes

Justin Williams is mulling retirement but the Carolina Hurricanes hope their captain will decide to play another season.
The 37-year-old veteran became an unrestricted free agent on Monday and hasn’t given the staff any sign which way he is leaning.
“He hasn’t given us 100 percent yet which way he’s likely to move,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell told reporters. “I think he possibly could be leaning toward playingwith, but I believe in the next few months it will shake out.”
Waddell feels there is one team Williams will consider lacing up the skates for next year.
“If he is going to playwith, we believe he’s going to play here in Carolina,” Waddell said. “He built a house here, his family’s here, and he said all along that is where he wants to play. I don’t see anything happening in the very close to future, but I think during the next period of time we will know for certain.”
A forward, williams, had 30 assists and 23 goals in 82 games last season to help Carolina achieve the Eastern Conference finals.
He had been part of three Stanley Cup winners, with the Los Angeles Kings at 2012 and 2014 along with the Hurricanes in 2006. He won the Conn Smythe Award as MVP of their 2014 playoffs when he scored 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 26 games.
Williams addressed his future two weeks back at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas and signaled he feels no urgency over reaching a decision.
“I will take my time and make sure I make the best one, right?” Williams told reporters. “Because if I’m all in, I’m going to be in. Then I have to reassess the situation if I am not there. If I am 85 percent all in I am not going to be great. I have got to be in. That is the only (thing) that is reasonable to me, fair into the teammates, fair to everybody.”
Williams has 786 career factors (312 aims, 474 assists) in 1,244 regular-season games.
–Field Level Media
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