Monday, July 14, 2008

Jason Williams Heads to Atlanta

The Atlanta Thrashers moved a little closer to the NHL salary cap floor on Sunday by signing unrestricted free agent forward, Jason Williams, to a 1-year deal, worth $2.2 million.

Last season, Williams played in only 43 games for the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 13 goals and adding 23 assists for 36 points. He had suffered a sports hernia and had undergone surgery, which led to him missing most of those games.

For Williams, injuries are a pretty big part of his game, which does lower his pool value overall. He has never played a full 82-game season, he did however play in 80 games for Detroit in 2005/2006. His career-highs came in that season, where he scored 21 goals and added 37 assists. He finished 111th in pool scoring that year.

His $2.2 million deal now brings the Atlanta Thrashers up to $35 million for their returning 21 skaters, see the table below. Still to be signed, goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is looking for a long-term deal and we could likely add one of their top prospects, including Angelo Esposito or Boris Valabik to the mix to bring the team over the cap floor number.

Ilya KovalchukTobias EnstromJohan Hedberg
Slava KozlovRon HainseyOndrej Pavelec
Todd WhiteNiclas Havelid
Jason WilliamsKen Klee
Colby ArmstrongGarnet Exelby
Chris Thorburn
Brian Little
Jim Slater
Eric Boulton
Eric Perrin
Erik Christensen
Joe Motzko
Colin Stuart
Brad Larsen

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