Sep 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Radek Dvorak (18) celebrates his goal as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder (20) looks on during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Sign Radek Dvorak

Radek Dvorak did enough in training camp and preseason to earn a contract with the Carolina Hurricanes as the team signed the forward to a one-year/600k deal today.

Dvorak will earn $125,000 in the AHL with a guaranteed $250,000.

Going into the season, it looked like the Canes bottom six would be a young and inexperienced group. For the most part, they still are, but Dvorak will be a veteran presence on whichever line he plays on.

Today in practice, Dvorak skated on the third line with Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner. Elias Lindholm could take that spot when he’s healthy which would bump Dvorak to the fourth line.

Don’t expect a lot of offense from the 36-year-old. It’s never been his game and that isn’t what he’s expected to do in the lineup. Dvorak’s main prerogative will be someone to rely on farther down the lineup and the penalty kill, which he should be able to do just fine.

It’s likely that Dvorak splits time with Kevin Westgarth in the lineup. Westgarth will play games when the Hurricanes need an enforcer and Dvorak will play the other games.

The Hurricanes also have the option to send Dvorak to the Checkers if he does not impress in regular season. He’ll have to pass through waivers, but will cost less for the team in the AHL.

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