The Leafs could use Mr. Game 7

Justin Williams announced on Monday that he’s taking a break from hockey. It was widely speculated he would return to the Carolina Hurricanes for another season, but, instead, the team’s captain will enter the season with his future up in the air.

Justin Williams has announced that he is taking a break from the NHL
He will not join the team at the start of the 2019-20 season
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— Carolina Hurricanes (@CanesNHL) September 2, 2019

The key here is that this isn’t a retirement announcement and the door remains open for Williams to return to the NHL at some point. That could be after a full year off or it could come in the middle of the regular season. A couple of years ago, we saw Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher take a good chunk of the 2017-18 season off after a long run to the Stanley Cup Final before returning to the team in March.
As Bob McKenzie reports, Williams’ decision didn’t come down to a lack of interest. Apparently, and, unsurprisingly, multiple teams were interested in Mr. Game 7’s services. And, since this is a question that  …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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