Thanks for the Memories, Justin Williams
Justin Williams became a cult hero for fans during his time with the LA Kings.
His on-ice production was always solid and he had great chemistry with Anze Kopitar, but what Kings fans will always remember is the way he seemingly always came through when it mattered most.
So it’s almost fitting that it happened this way: After 7 seasons with the Kings, Mr. Game 7 is moving on.
Justin Williams agrees to two-year deal with Washington, $3.25 million AAV
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 2, 2015
TeamTRH reacts to the news of Williams signing with the Capitals.
TeamTRH wakes up to realize it wasn’t all a dream.
While it’s sad to see him to leave, the reality is these are the difficult decisions a team must make in a salary cap world.
Quisp had a great write-up of why the Kings made the smart choice in letting Williams go that you should all check out if you want to feel a little better about the whole situation.
That said, I come not to bury Justin Williams, but to praise him.
What he did for the Kings will stay with the franchise forever.
He was part of the top line in 2012 when the Kings won their first Stanley Cup. Williams, Kopitar and Dustin Brown were the Kings three leading scorers among forwards and the trio looked unstoppable at times, especially in the Stanley Cup Final:
In 2013, Williams showed his Mr. Game 7 persona for the first time in a Kings jersey in an amazing series-clinching win over the San Jose Sharks.
Those two second period goals gave the Kings their first Game 7 win at home since 1989.
…they also probably helped me avoid a heart attack.
While those memories would be enough to last a lifetime, Williams saved his best performance for the 2013-14 playoff run.
In the Kings 26 games, Williams amassed 9 goals and 16 assists on his way to winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. There were other players that were just as worthy of winning the Playoff MVP, but what Williams did in the Kings three Game 7s is what separated him from the field.
Justin Williams now has 7 goals and 7 assists in 7 career Game 7s. Also, No. 14 scored that 14th point with 14:14 left in overtime.
— PumperNicholl (@PumperNicholl) June 2, 2014
HERE COME THE TEARS.
Thank you for everything, Justin Williams.
You helped create memories for Kings fans that we will never forget, For that, we will be eternally grateful.