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PITTSBURGH SIGNS FORWARD JASON WILLIAMS

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Jason Williams to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Williams’ contract is a two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level. Williams, 30, has spent the all or part of the past 10 seasons at the NHL level, including playing the second half of the 2010-11 season with the Dallas Stars. Williams appeared in 27 games with Dallas, scoring five points (2G-3A). Prior to signing with the Stars on Feb. 12, Williams spent two months with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), totaling nine points (4G-5A) in 17 games. Williams, 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, has also spent time with the Detroit Red Wings (twice), Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Atlanta Thrashers since signing with Detroit as an undrafted free agent on Sept. 18, 2000. During his first stint in Detroit, Williams was a member of the Red Wings’ 2001-02 Stanley Cup championship squad, appearing in nine postseason games that spring. Williams had his best NHL season with Detroit in 2005-06. That season he established careers highs across the board in games played (80), goals (21), assists (37) and points (58). Williams, who hails from London, ON, has appeared in 447 career regular-season games, scoring 93 goals, 132 assists and 225 points. Williams has reached double figures in goals during four of his past six seasons. He has added three points (1G-2A) in 27 career postseason contests. Williams played four seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 1996-2000, collecting 74 goals and 194 points in 225 games. He added eight points (4G-4A) in 24 playoff games.

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