Chip Alexander confirmed today that veteran forward Radek Dvorak will be at the Carolina Hurricanes training camp later this month.
Dvorak was a long-time Florida Panther playing for the team in two different stints. He has also played long stints with the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers. Last season Dvorak signed a late contract with the Anaheim Ducks in March and played nine games for the team. The Czech ended up scoring four goals.
However, Dvorak has not been a prolific scorer throughout his career, especially in the last few years. Instead Dvorak has been a defensive-minded forward perfect for the fourth line and penalty kill.
The 36-year-old will compete with a number of younger players for a spot in training camp, but with a lack of veterans and a need for defensive forwards, Dvorak stands a chance.
Dvorak knows what it takes to be an impact player on a lower line, which would help the Canes bottom six.
Either way, having the veteran in training camp and preseason games will push the younger players to try even harder, which can only be a good thing.
Expect Dvorak to play in just about every Hurricanes preseason game before the team decides if they want to offer him a contract.