Justin Williams agrees on 2-year deal to return to Canes

Posted July 1

— After more than eight seasons away, Carolina Hurricanes fan-favorite Justin Williams is returning to Raleigh.

The 35-year-old Williams agreed to terms Saturday on a two-year deal that will pay the winger $5 million this season and $4 million the following season.

"We said that we needed goal scoring and veteran leadership, and Justin will bring us both," said Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis. "He believes in what we are doing here and is returning to Raleigh to help the Hurricanes take the next step."

Williams played three full seasons and two partial seasons with Carolina from 2004-2009, helping the Canes lift the Stanley Cup in 2006. He scored seven goals and added 11 assists in the 2006 playoffs. He also won two Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014.


Williams was an All-Star in 2007 as a member of the Canes. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the 2014 playoffs. In 10 seasons reaching the playoffs, Williams has played in 140 games scoring 36 goals and registering 94 points.

Originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers, Williams has skated in 1,080 regular-season games for four different teams, including 265 with the Canes. He has tallied 81 of his 273 career regular-season goals and notched 201 of his career 682 regular-season points in a Carolina sweater.


Williams was not the only player to agree with Carolina Saturday as forward Josh Jooris, defensemen Brenden Kichton and Dennis Robertson and goaltender Jeremy Smith all agreed to terms.

Jooris signed a one-year deal that will pay him $775,000.

“Josh is a versatile player who can play in the middle or on the wing,” said Francis. “He’s hard-working and competitive, and gives us more flexibility with our group of forwards.”

Jooris, 26, split the 2016-17 season between the New York Rangers and the Arizona Coyotes, totaling 12 points and 16 penalty minutes in 54 games. He has appeared in 173 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Rangers and Coyotes. He played nine Stanley Cup playoff games with the Flames during the 2014-15 postseason.

Kichton, who signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,000 on the NHL level or $235,000 on the AHL level, was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, before re-entering the draft in 2013 and being selected by Winnipeg in the seventh round.

The 25-year-old skated in 63 AHL games in 2016-17. for the Manitoba Moose.

Robertson was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but was acquired by Carolina on Jan. 1, 2014, along with John-Michael Liles, in exchange for Tim Gleason. He played in 65 games for the Charlotte Checkers last season, skating at a plus-7.

Robertson's one-year, two-way contract will pay $650,000 on the NHL level or $100,000 on the AHL level in 2017-18.

Smith comes over from the Avalanche where he played in 10 games for Colorado a year ago going 1-6-1.

The 28-year-old has played 265 career AHL games with Milwaukee, Springfield, Providence, Iowa and San Antonio, going 132-98-24 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.


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