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Captain Williams and Ward’s Promotion

September 17, 2018, 8:05 AM ET [7 Comments]
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By Matt Ross

As you know, the Hurricanes recently named Justin Williams their Captain. I like the move a lot. At 36, Williams, AKA Mr. Game 7, is a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner and has bagged three Cups – one with the Hurricanes in ’06 and two with the Kings in ’12 and ‘14. He’s a savvy vet with a winning pedigree who will be a solid leader and resource - both for the young Canes players and the seasoned guys alike.

Check below for Williams’ thoughts on the promotion.
https://www.nhl.com/hurricanes/news/justin-williams-earns-canes-captaincy/c- 300087828

From the Second City:
This past Friday, Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks held a press conference where Crawford semi-elaborated on his absence from hockey for the past nine months. He confirmed that he’s been dealing with post-concussion fallout/symptoms and is not medically cleared to get back – although he said he’s close.

So how does this relate to the Hurricanes?

Cam Ward is now THE man in the blue paint for the Hawks, and with Crawford’s situation still a major gray area, he will be the starter for the foreseeable future. This isn’t necessarily a huge surprise, since I the Hawks snagged Ward with the idea that Crawford would most likely not be able to start the season. But the Hawks goalie situation is about as razor thin as it gets and with a weak and (an even more) depleted blueline (Murphy and Seabrook recently injured), Ward will have to stand tall to find success. He had some strong performances last year after out-playing Darling for the starting spot, but he’ll likely need to find another gear to shoulder the load for Chicago. It should be interesting to see what happens...
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