Free Agent Focus: Justin Williams

Now that the NHL Draft has concluded, the Rangers can now focus on targeting free agents. While the free agent class is not loaded with star talent, one player the Rangers could target is Justin Williams, who Rangers fans remember as the guy who scored the overtime winner in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014, and as the Conn Smythe trophy winner for the most valuable player of the postseason.

While all Rangers fans know that the team needs another top scorer to go along with Rick Nash, what the team could also use is a veteran who has won multiple Stanley Cups before, and who comes to play in big postseason games. During the Los Angeles Kings championship run in 2014, Williams scored in all three of the Kings Game 7’s, and was a force during the Stanley Cup Finals.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Other than Dan Boyle, no current Ranger has won a Stanley Cup, and having a multiple cup winner could only help the Rangers. Williams is not an elite scorer, as last season he had 41 points in 81 games, but he is reliable and always come to play. Another great thing about Williams is that he will not come at a high price, as Williams made just over $3,000,000 in his last contract, which really helps the cap strapped Rangers.

The Rangers need to get some additional scoring, grit, and experienced veterans who have won it all before. While most members of the Rangers were on the team during the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014, the Rangers need players who have won it all and can help teach the younger players how to win.

Glen Sather should sign Justin Williams to a two or three-year deal and allow Williams to become an assistant captain in place of the departing Martin St. Louis and let Williams lead the younger players such as J.T Miller and Kevin Hayes and help them understand what it is going to take to win a Stanley Cup.


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