|Date of Birth||10/4/1981|
|Height, Weight||6'1", 184 lbs|
|Drafted||2000 - Rd 1|
Williams scored the shootout winner and fired three shots on goal in Sunday's 2-1 shootout victory over the Islanders.
The venerable Hurricane was making his first appearance of the season after signing with Carolina on Jan. 8 and it was fitting that he scored the decisive goal. Williams logged just over 13 minutes of ice time and skated on the right side of the fourth line with center Lucas Wallmark and Brock McGinn. There are a lot of things to keep an eye on here -- including possible rust, age and his initial bottom-six role -- but Williams did score 23 goals and 53 points a year ago so be prepared to pounce if the early returns are promising.
Williams will make his season debut in Sunday's game versus the Islanders.
Williams didn't play for the first three months, as the 38-year-old didn't feel he could go 100 percent. He re-signed with the Hurricanes on Jan. 7, though, and he'll stick with them for another playoff push. Williams will line up on the fourth line to start off, and he could earn power-play time. He racked up 23 goals, 30 assists and 237 shots on net over 82 games last year.
Williams will be a healthy scratch for Monday's game versus the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Williams will serve as a healthy scratch for the third straight game since re-signing with the Hurricanes. His stint in the press box shouldn't last long, but the 38-year-old needs to get back to NHL speed after missing the first half of the season.
Williams has come to terms on a contract with the Hurricanes, Pete Fisher of Today's Northumberland reports.
Williams will make a base salary of $700,000 with up to $1.3 million in performance bonuses, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. The 38-year-old racked up 23 goals and 53 points over 82 games last season, and he took off the first half of this season for rest purposes. He could make his season debut as early as Friday versus the Coyotes.