Will he or won’t he?
It’s now August and Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams still hasn’t decided if he’ll return for another season — and another shot at the Stanley Cup — or call it a career and retire.
Canes general manager Don Waddell said Thursday that he still believed Williams was “leaning” toward playing a 19th season in the NHL. He said Williams, who turns 38 on Oct. 4, was returning to Raleigh next week, saying, “We’ll sit down at that point and figure it out.”
That includes the terms of a new contract, which Waddell said have not been discussed. Williams is an unrestricted free agent.
“It’s more about his commitment,” Waddell said. “Justin’s not going to do something if he’s not 100 percent (committed.)“
Waddell said the wait for Williams’ decision did not handicap or hinder the team in any way. He said the Canes continued to do all that they needed to do in the offseason to improve, trading for forward Erik Haula and goalies James Reimer and Anton Forsberg while signing free-agent forward Ryan Dzingel.