Over the next two weeks or so, we’ll look at the restricted and unrestricted free agents on the Carolina Hurricanes roster. We’ll look at pros and cons of signing each player and give a final opinion on what the team should do. A poll will be included in each post.
At 37 years old, Radek Dvorak is in the latter stages of his NHL career. He was signed to a one-year deal back in early October by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Radek Dvorak has already expressed his uncertainty about his future with the Carolina Hurricanes and the National Hockey League. Odds are, the Carolina Hurricanes won’t have to make a decision on his future due to the fact that he will likely retire.
If Radek Dvorak does not retire from the NHL, I don’t think his production is worthy of another NHL contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Czech forward played nearly the entire year on the fourth-line with players like Manny Malhotra and Drayson Bowman. He averaged just over 10 minutes of ice time on the season with 10:38 average TOI, and in the final two months, Dvorak played over 10 minutes just twice. Those were both in 4-1 blowout wins where the Canes could afford playing their fourth liners.
Radek Dvorak’s last contract payed him $600,000, which is not much, but that money could be spent better elsewhere on the free agent market or re-signing other pending restricted and unrestricted free agents on the team.
Dvorak tallied just one point in his last 15 games of the season. He had nine points on the season, and it just seems like there is not much left in the tank.
While Radek Dvorak has had a very good NHL career, I think his role on this team could be easily filled by a better, younger player. I do not think the Carolina Hurricanes should re-sign Radek Dvorak.