This is a good move to meet an obvious need for the Capitals, what with Williams being one of the finest clutch performers in the post-season. He’s not called Mr. Game Seven for nothing.
Washington gets Williams at a fine price, too.
The 33-year-old had 18 goals for a total of 41 points last season with the Los Angeles Kings. In 918 career NHL games, he has 582 points and 227 goals. Over the course of the last four seasons, he’s played in all but one game.
But where things really come together is in the post-season, where Williams has 30 goals and 78 points in 115 Stanley Cup Playoff games. What’s more, his teams have gone 7-0 in Game Sevens and he has seven goals in those games.
Williams two Cups with Los Angeles and picked up another with Carolina in 2006. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2014, scoring nine goals and finishing with 25 points in 26 post-season games.
The Capitals have needed help in Game Sevens, having gone 3-6 in those situations since 2008.
This is a bit of a pay cut for Williams, who was on a four year contract worth $14.6 million. He’s still a player with an experience level that’s really unparalleled in today’s NHL, at least in terms of closing out critical games, and that’s going to give the Capitals a major boost.
“Justin is a proven winner and we feel he will be a great addition to our club,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. “We felt it was important for our team to add someone of his calibre, as a hockey player and as a veteran leader.”