Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams still hasn't made up his mind about his future, and once again, he could think about it for a few months. One thing is certain, if he takes part in another season, it will be with the formation of Raleigh.
Whoever will be celebrating their 39th birthday on October 4 did the same last season. After contemplating the option of retiring for some time, he finally decided to join the Hurricanes in January to end the season with them. In 20 games before the National Hockey League ceased operations due to COVID-19, Williams had 11 points. He has amassed just one point in seven playoff games.
The “Canes” are open to all scenarios concerning the veteran skater.
“It's the same as last year,” CEO Don Waddell told Raleigh News & Observer on Thursday. He will tell us what he wants to do and when he wants to do it. ”
“I did not discuss this subject with Justin,” revealed the player's agent, Thane Campbell. I'll leave him alone for now. He's going to take all the time he needs. I'll talk to him about it when the time is right. ”
Askarov, a tempting choice
Although the Hurricanes can count on the services of Petr Mrazek and James Reimer in net, the contracts of the two goalkeepers will expire at the end of the 2020-2021 season. Waddell might therefore be interested in selecting Russian goalkeeper Yaroslav Askarov with their 13th cap, but he doesn't want to reveal his cards too quickly.
“We're not against taking the goalie with the 13th pick,” said Waddell. It depends on who else is available. If you pick from the top nine or ten it's a big risk because there are several good players available. The further the first round goes, the more it will be a good bet. ”
In addition to this important decision, Waddell will have his work cut out for him if he wants to keep most of his players, as Sami Vatanen and Trevor van Riemsdyk could become free agents without compensation on October 9, while Warren Foegele and Haydn Fleury will be. , meanwhile, free agents with compensation.