On Monday, the Carolina Hurricanes held a press conference for newly signed free agent, Justin Williams. The winger had recently signed a two-year, $9 million contract to return to the Hurricanes.
This meeting with the media was the winger’s first return to the Carolina locker room since the trade that sent him to Los Angeles back in 2009.
Some cosmetic things have changed, but some memories will last forever in here and for sure, I have a lot of good ones.
Williams was extremely positive about returning to this club while admitting that most of his teammates will be new to him. Still, having faced them in competition, he is familiar with the talent that is in the room.
When asked what led him to the decision to sign in Carolina, he said there were several reasons.
first and foremost this is a team that is on the rise and a team that will surprise a lot of people this year. You always want to be a part of that.
I feel my role on this team will be an important one and I will work hard to make sure it’s a good one.
Don’t ask Williams about possibly wearing the “C” this season though. He said he would not answer questions regarding that.
Last season the Hurricanes went without an official Captain, although three players wore the “A”. Justin Faulk, Victor Rask, and Jeff Skinner all are possible candidates for the “C” this season, as well as Jaccob Slavin, who just signed a long term deal last week.
Many feel that a player with the experience and reputation like Williams might be a perfect stop-gap while the younger players gain more experience. These conversations can be a bit touchy sometimes, so the team will wait to discuss this internally during training camp.
Williams was also asked if he would be counted on as a leader in the room to which he replied that it would be a mistake to try to come to a new team and be someone he is not. He will do what he’s always done, be himself.
Once again when asked about the status and potential of the current team, Williams was gushing.
It’s a fun time I think to be a carolina hurricane and I want to be a part of something good. I have been on some successful teams and I’m going to do my best here to make sure that happens.
Justin Williams certainly brings things the Hurricanes desperately need: Someone with a winning persona and experience. Someone who knows what it takes to be successful. Someone who is not shy about taking a leadership role.
It will interesting to see if his addition will translate to success for Carolina.