Should the Hurricanes Bring Back Justin Williams?


Watching the Carolina Hurricanes whirl through the Western Conference with ease, going 6-0-1, only losing to a 43 save opus from Jacob Markstrom.  Not only are they doing it, they're doing it in style, with Sebastion Aho's 18 goals in the last 23 games, and Svechnikov's now patented lacrosse goal.  Next we learn that this young team leads the NHL in everybody's favorite advanced stat, Corsi!  They aren't just scoring, they're dominating in all aspects of the game.  So, what's their plan going forward?

All signs point to Justin Williams coming back for one last hurrah.  Seems logical, until you consider Mike Fisher's attempt to propel Nashville into a Stanley Cup contender in 2017-2018.  Down the stretch he would score 2 goals and add 2 assists through 16 games and finish the playoffs with 1 goal in 12 games.  Those were 37 year old legs and Williams is 38.  You might think even a 31 year old Wayne Simmonds would be of more use in the playoffs.

But this isn't just any 38 year old, it's Mr. Game 7 himself, and maybe he provides some leadership in the room, and can help his younger teammates focus, and all that good veteran guy stuff.  Or maybe he provides more, with a career 57% Corsi rating himself, including a 58% performance just last year, he should fit right in.

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