Friday, July 30, 2004

Jason Williams re-signed by Detroit

The Red Wings have signed center Jason Williams, 23, to a one-year deal.  While many news outlets are reporting "terms of the deal was not disclosed," I found his 2004-2005 salary to be $425,000 via Williams' NHLPA profile.  Williams made $440,000 last season.  The Wings originally signed Williams as a non-drafted free agent on September 18, 2000.  Previously, he had played two years in the OHL for the Peterborough Petes.  After leading them in scoring (36 goals, 37 assists), he got an invite to the Wings' training camp in Traverse City in the fall of 2000.  After signing with the Wings, Williams has been splitting his time between the AHL and NHL. The London, Ontario native had six goals and seven assists in 49 games last season.  His career totals are 17 goals and 15 assists in 95 career contests.  At 5'11," 185 pounds, Williams lacks size, but makes up for it with consistently hard-working shifts.  So far this summer, the Wings have re-signed Kris Draper, Jamie Rivers, Mark Mowers, Brendan Shanahan, Mathieu Dandenault, and now Jason Williams.  The Wings have agreed to a deal with Chris Chelios (yet to be signed with Chelios training in California).  The Wings are furthest apart in the negotiations with Pavel Datsyuk, and remain far apart with Mathieu Schneider.  Jiri Fischer remains as the Wings' last restricted free agent.  Steve Yzerman will re-sign with the Wings if he decides to forego retirement. 


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