The Hurricanes have announced that Justin Williams will not be joining them to start the upcoming NHL season.
Bob McKenzie reported yesterday that the belief was Williams was more likely to retire than not. Although, neither the Hurricanes nor Williams have used the word retire, today’s announcement seems a soft move towards that.
Williams, who turns 38 in October, had 23 goals and 30 assists with the Hurricanes last season.
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From January 13th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Pierre Lebrun reports that, despite all the talk and speculation to the contrary, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has no intention of firing head coach Mike Yeo, though he might not have a choice if owner Craig Leipold has other ideas.
Lebrun also reports that Thane Campbell, the agent for Justin Williams, has suspended contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Kings. He notes, however, that their latest offer to the Kings remains on the table should the Kings wish to accept it.
Bob McKenzie reports that the Kings are searching for defensive help with Slava Voynov out of the picture indefinitely. He notes that they are looking at Marc Methot of the Senators and Andrej Sekera of the Hurricanes
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings and Justin Williams started contract negotiations last week, and both sides have reason to be motivated to get a deal done.
He reports that Williams’ agent wants it done within a few weeks or they will suspend talks until after the season. Williams is UFA eligible after this season.