One of the biggest playoff performers in recent history is leaving California.
Justin Williams signed a two-year contract with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
“Justin is a proven winner and we feel he will be a great addition to our club,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “We felt it was important for our team to add someone of his caliber, as a hockey player and as a veteran leader.”
The deal will carry an annual cap hit of $3.25 million for a total of $6.5 million.
Williams, whose nickname is “Mr. Game 7,” is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Carolina Hurricanes (2006) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, 2014).
Williams scored 18 goals and 23 assists in 81 games last season for the Kings.
The 33-year-old from Coburg, Ont., has spent the last six seasons with Los Angeles.
Williams made $3.05 million last season.
July 1, 2015