Despite interest from the Maple Leafs and Bruins, Justin Williams returns to Carolina

On Tuesday afternoon, Pierre LeBrun reported that both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins made a pitch to free-agent forward Justin Williams while his former club, the Carolina Hurricanes, tried to figure out a contract for the veteran.

While the Hurricanes continue to work on a contract for Justin Williams, complicated by the 35 and over rules and bonuses and their cap situation, word is the Maple Leafs also made a pitch to Williams this week. Also heard that the Bruins inquired.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 7, 2020

Despite the interest from Toronto and Boston, Williams in unsurprisingly headed back to Carolina. Williams spent his last two seasons with the Hurricanes and captained the team in 2018-19 to a breakout season. After getting eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, Williams chose to take the first part of the 2019-20 season off to determine his future. It always seemed he would go back to Carolina, but it wasn’t automatic given their salary cap situation.
Williams became known as Mr. Game 7 throughout his career as a result of his clutch play in series-clinching playoff games. He’s tied with Glenn Anderson for the NHL’s all-time record …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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