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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Canes re-ink Williams

Speaking of Fleury, (man, is this ever a bad pun) there's been a flurry of RFA re-signings today.
The only one I care about is that the Hurricanes re-signed Justin Williams to a one-year $1.225M deal.
The 23-year old right winger was acquired from Philly in a January 2004 trade. Daniil Markov for Williams. Markov was later traded to Nashville for a conditional pick, which was then bundled with J-Ro and shipped to LA for future considerations. Quite possibly the worst trade ever made in any sport. All of this was done to make room for the great Peter Forsberg's outrageous salary. I don't want to talk about that today, though. This is about Justin Williams.

Williams immediately became a fan favorite upon his arrival in Raleigh, and is expected to be on the verge of a breakout season. At the very least, he's on the verge of becoming a very good player. My concern here is that we signed him to a single-year deal. I'd really like to see him around for many years to come. I really like this guy. He's got good stick-handling skills, he's fast as all getout, he has good defensive skills, and you never see him lagging behind the play or dogging it. Best of all, he's young and will continue to improve.

I'm still waiting for the news that we've re-signed Erik Cole and Josef Vasicek, but I suppose I'll have to be patient.

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