RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Ryan Dzingel on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Dzingel $3.25 million in 2019-20 and $3.5 million in 2020-21.
"Ryan has proven that he can be an impact player offensively, putting up bigger numbers over each of his three full-time NHL seasons," said Waddell. "His speed, skill and vision make him an excellent fit for our forward group and our style of play. At 27, he's just entering his prime and certainly had options coming off a 26-goal season, so we're happy he's chosen to be a part of the Carolina Hurricanes."
Dzingel, 27, established career highs in goals (26), assists (30) and points (56) in 78 regular-season games last season with Ottawa and Columbus. The Wheaton, Ill., native also set career-best marks in power-play goals (5), power-play points (11) and game-winning goals (5). Dzingel posted 22 goals in 57 games before being acquired by the Blue Jackets on Feb. 23, and had 12 points (4g, 8a) in the final 21 regular-season games. He had one goal and was plus-3 in nine Stanley Cup playoff games as Columbus upset Tampa Bay before falling to Boston.
Ottawa's seventh-round selection, 204th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Dzingel (6'0", 190 lbs.) has totaled 66 goals and 72 assists (138 points) in 268 career NHL games with Ottawa and Columbus. Prior to turning professional, he spent three seasons at Ohio State, registering 108 points (45g, 63a) in 110 career games. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in 2013-14, also earning NCAA First All-American Team honors that season.