Ryan Dzingel agreed to terms over a two-year contract, $ 6.75 million with the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. It has an average annual value of $ 3,375 million.
Dzingel will receive $ 3.25 million this season and $ 3.5 million in 2020-21.
The 27-year-old attacker, who was an unlimited free agent, had an NHL career-high 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists) in 78 games last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators, including 12 points (four goals), eight assists) in 21 games after he was traded to Columbus on February 23. He had one goal in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Blue Jackets wade through the trophy-filled Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round for the first win in the playoff series in their history.
Dzingel said he was excited about the prospect of playing for the Hurricanes after a phone call with Carolina coach Rod Brind & Amour.
"Coach called and talked about his style," Dzingel said. "He loves his wingers to get going and fly out of the zone, that's what I love to do." I like to use my speed. It is one of my best features. We hear that we want to score goals and be a high speed violation. and when I saw them last season, I thought it suited the way I play perfectly, I played that style for a number of years with (coach) Guy Boucher in Ottawa, so I love what I've heard about it. nothing but great things about the coach of every person I spoke to. "
"I like to think that I can do everything, but at the same time I understand that I am a finisher." I put myself in situations to open up and use my shot. My speed and my shot are the two things I trust in the most … I've only been in the NHL for three years now, people see my age and I'm still growing. Every year I get better and I want to keep growing and i think i can do that. "
Don Waddell, general manager of Hurricanes, said he thinks Dzingel fits Carolina well.
"Ryan has proven that he can be an impact player offensive, putting larger numbers above each of his three full-time NHL seasons," Waddell said. "His speed, skill and vision make him an excellent fit for our forward group and the way we play." At the age of 27, he just enters his prime and has definitely been given options from a season of 26 goals, so we're glad he was chosen to be part of the Carolina Hurricanes. "
Selected by Ottawa in the seventh round (No. 203) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Dzingel has 138 points (66 goals, 72 assists) in 268 regular season games and four points (three goals, one assist) in 24 playoff games.
He said it would come up if an unknown player always inspired him.
"I'm a seventh rounder," he said. "As a younger boy I have been cut from many teams, I have doubted my whole life, I participate and work hard … You never want to come in and (find) that boys owe anything. Come in and have to earn it. That is what i want to do.
"I am proud that I work hard and do what is necessary in the summer to get me prepared for the regular season. I am not someone privileged enough or capable enough to come in and just turn up. One shoulder and a two-year deal to help me play better and work even harder You can never feel comfortable, especially in the NHL There is always someone for your work and I am excited to help the Hurricanes organization and help a run on this thing. "
NHL.com correspondent Kurt Dusterberg contributed to this report
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