Williams said Tuesday that he's unsure whether he'll play next season, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
The veteran is set to turn 38 at the beginning of next season, and told reporters that he's been in frequent contact with the Hurricanes about his future. Williams added reliability to a young club last season, racking up 23 goals and 53 points while playing all 82 games. He was also instrumental in the team's Eastern Conference Finals appearance, collecting seven points in 15 playoff games. The winger is set to hit the open market come July 1, and could add a strong veteran presence to any team in the league, should he decide to keep playing.
Williams scored a late goal Sunday in a 6-2 loss to Boston.
The veteran forward notched his fourth goal of these playoffs, but it meant little in a game that saw the host team score the game's first six goals. Now trailing Boston 2-0, Williams and Co. must find a way to regroup on home ice; otherwise, they'll be golfing earlier than expected.
Williams scored a goal in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
It wasn't a Game 7, but Williams made sure to leave his mark on the scoresheet to help the Hurricanes sweep the Islanders. Williams has three goals and three assists over 11 postseason games during this run, and the 37-year-old winger should continue to be productive in the Eastern Conference finals as he occupies a top-six role.
Williams had an assist and five shots on goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Capitals in Game 2 of their first-round series.
His five shots led the Hurricanes for the game, despite him being designated to serve Micheal Ferland's match penalty in the second period. Williams found success with Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter toward the end of a regular season that saw him produce 53 points in 82 games, but he's swapped places with Teuvo Teravainen, moving to Jordan Staal's second line for the postseason.
Williams scored his 22nd goal of the season Tuesday in a 3-2 shootout win over Pittsburgh.
After Kris Letang scored what many thought would hold up as the deciding goal Tuesday, Williams tied things up minutes later to force overtime. The extra period solved nothing, but the Hurricanes would prevail in the shootout to pick up what was a critical point as they continue their playoff push. The 37-year-old Carolina captain is up to 47 points in 72 games this season, including five game-winning goals, the most Williams has scored since 2006-07.
Williams picked up a helper in Monday's 3-0 win over the Avalanche.
Williams delivered the primary assist to Dougie Hamilton's opening goal, which doubled as the game-winner with Petr Mrazek repelling 38 Avalanche shots. Williams added four shots and two hits. With 45 points (20 goals and 25 helpers) in 69 games, Williams has remained a solid winger at the age of 37.
Williams scored his 20th goal of the season, a power-play marker, on four shots in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Predators.
The Hurricanes' top line of Williams, Nino Niederreiter and Sebastian Aho accounted for four of the five goals in this contest. Along with the 20 tallies, Williams has 24 assists in 68 games this season, giving him a chance for his third 50-point campaign in the last four seasons. At 37 years old, he will eventually drop off, but it appears that won't happen this year.
Williams netted his 18th goal of the season in a 5-2 win over the Blues on Friday.
Williams fired three shots on goal in the contest. The veteran winger was on the verge of going cold, having gone scoreless in his previous two games, but the 37-year-old wouldn't be held off the board for long. Williams has 42 points in 64 games this year, including 13 points from as many contests in February. He's set himself up for a hot finish this year.
Williams recorded two goals -- including the power-play winner -- and an assist in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Panthers.
Williams started the scoring 5:12 into the opening frame and ended it by breaking a 3-3 tie 2:15 into the third. He also added a helper in the middle frame, giving Williams a point in each period. The veteran winger's goals have come in bunches -- he kicked off the 2019 calendar year with six goals in a seven-game stretch, then went 11 games without a goal before scoring four times in his last five.
Williams grabbed two assists in Friday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
The winger is providing some veteran moxie to the Canes' top line alongside Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter, but Williams has hardly been a drag on the young duo, racking up a goal and 10 points in the last 10 games. Even given his plum assignment, it's tough to project the 37-year-old to maintain his current scoring pace for long, but if he can pull it off he's still got a shot at reaching the 60-point plateau for the first time in over a decade -- 2006-07 during his first stint with Carolina, to be precise.
Williams had a goal with the man advantage and an assist in the third period of a 4-1 win over Ottawa on Tuesday.
These streaks come for Williams, who has now scored in four of his past five games and has seven points in his past seven. He's put together stretches of five and seven games with at least a point, and his next three contests are at home, so it's a good idea to ride him until he cools off.
Williams snapped a three-game pointless stretch with an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Flames, skating primarily on the top line with Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter.
Williams now has eight points through 11 games in the month of January, and is trending towards another 50-point season. The Canes' captain had previously been playing in a middle-six capacity, but with the recent reshuffling of the lineup following Niederreiter's arrival from Minnesota, he should now start to see more opportunities to contribute offensively. If you were previously stashing him away on your fantasy bench, now would be a good time to activate him.
Williams lit the lamp and went plus-2 in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.
Williams now has three goals and an assist over the last four games, and he's firing shots on net 2.79 times per game -- his highest rate since the 2013-14 campaign. Although he remains in a third-line role with power-play upside, Williams is within reach of matching 2017-18's 51-point year.
Williams extended his point streak to four games with a goal in Monday's 4-3 win over the Islanders.
The Hurricanes' captain is on fire right now, with three goals (two on the power play) plus a helper in his last four contests. The Canes have now won six straight and Williams is a big reason why. Grab him while he's hot.
Williams notched his 20th point of the season with an assist in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Bruins.
Now one of the NHL's greybeards at 37, Williams isn't showing many signs of slowing down these days. He is third in team scoring behind Sebastian Aho (38 pts) and Teuvo Teravainen (29 pts), and remains on pace to crack the 40-point plateau for the sixth consecutive season. The Canes' captain is in the final year of a two-year, $9 million contract, so it will be interesting to see whether the team brings him back next season as a mentor for their younger players like Aho, Teravainen and rookie Andrei Svechnikov.
Williams notched a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
It's hard to get too excited about Williams and the Canes this season. They didn't do much to upgrade their offense during the summer, and right now it shows, with the team relying a bit too heavily on bottom-six players like Lucas Wallmark and Jordan Martinook playing top-six roles. Lately, with Jordan Staal currently on the IR with a concussion, Williams has been skating with Wallmark and rookie Andrei Svechnikov on the team's second line. The good news is, five of Williams' six goals this season have come in the past 10 games. However, don't expect that to last given how thin the Canes are up front right now.
Williams scored his third goal of the season in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
Now with 13 points in 21 games, good for fourth in team scoring, the newly appointed captain of the Hurricanes is proving to be the heart and soul of the team this year. After an embarrassing 4-1 defeat Nov. 17 against the Blue Jackets, Williams called the loss "unacceptable" and questioned his team's work ethic. The very next night against the Devils, Williams led by example and scored a goal just 22 seconds into the game. He followed that up with his second consecutive marker Wednesday against the Leafs. Now 37, Williams is certainly getting on in years, but he looks to be re-energized this season. Given his current scoring pace, he is on track to break the 50-point barrier for the third time in four seasons. Williams makes for a good addition to any fantasy roster if you can find him on your league's waiver wire.
Williams recorded a power-play assist for the second straight game in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Williams still has just one goal through 16 games, but his 10 helpers put him on pace to finish somewhere in the 55-to-60-point range by season's end, which would be a career high for him. Williams has definitely surprised to the upside this season, and anyone who thought the 36-year-old's offensive production would tail off this year has (so far) been sadly mistaken. The greybeard continues to look awfully good skating on the Canes' second line alongside Jordan Staal and Brock McGinn, so keep him rolling.
Williams scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Wild. The points stretched his scoring streak to three games and seven points (one goal, six assists).
His clutch reputation continues to grow. Williams found twine at the 18:51 mark of the third to force the game to overtime. And then he set up Sebastian Aho in overtime to win the game. Williams is proof-positive that old guys can deliver fantasy value. Check your wire. He might be lurking there.
Williams registered three assists in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Rangers.
Carolina's captain also tallied two shots on goal, but neither found twine. Williams, after being held without a point in the season's first two contests, got back to a point-a-game pace thanks to a trio of assists Sunday against New York. The 37-year-old veteran continues to be a legitimate offensive threat despite closing in on 40 years of age, and early signs suggest the former Conn Smythe trophy winner has no plans of slowing down.
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