On the first day of free agency, the Washington Capitals lost three of their biggest name players from their 2016-17 President Trophy winning roster. Defenseman Karl Alzner signed with the Montreal Canadiens, trade deadline acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk signed with the New York Rangers, and forward Justin Williams inked a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes – the team he won his first Stanley Cup with.
Impressing with his spectacular play in Washington, Williams earned a salary increase in the form of a two-year, $9 million contract with the Canes, which included a $5 million salary in 2017-18 and a $4 million salary in 2018-19. Williams’ cap hit will be $4.5 million.
Saturday afternoon, Williams spoke about his “excitement” about re-joining Carolina, but also lamented his disappointment on not striking a deal with the Capitals.