A month after the Carolina Hurricanes made a run to the Eastern Conference Final, I asked President and General Manager Don Waddell if the success the team had in the 2018-19 season changed the perception of the organization and the market, especially as it related to attracting free agents.
"100 percent. We put Raleigh on the map not only locally but nationally," he said. "Players want to be a part of winning organizations. I think we started something, and it's not going to just happen overnight, but I think we're now a destination that people at least want to talk about."
Ryan Dzingel sees that promise, both in the Hurricanes and the city of Raleigh, which led him to ink a two-year, $6.75 million contract with Carolina on Friday.
"I wanted to go somewhere where I believed in the team and believed in the city," he said. "Watching what they did last year, the run they went on and everything I heard about Raleigh and everything else around it, I thought it was a perfect fit for me and my fiancée and my family."