Jan 31, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty (19) carries the puck against the St. Louis Blues at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Re-Sign Jiri Tlusty

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed forward Jiri Tlusty to a one-year, $2.95 million contract on Tuesday, July 1. Tlusty was a restricted free agent.

Jiri Tlusty is one season removed from a 23-goal-year in the 2013 lockout shortened season. He finished in the top-five of the NHL in goal scoring that year.

The 26-year-old Czech forward tallied 30 points in 68 games played in the 2013-2014 season. Jiri Tlusty’s goal total dropped from 23 in 2013 to 16 in the 2013-2014 season.

Jiri Tlusty struggled for most of the first half of the 2013-2014 season. He had an emergency appendectomy in late December which kept him out of the lineup for several weeks.

Jiri Tlusty looked much better after returning from his injury, and he carried that wave of good play into the offseason.

Jiri Tlusty was never able to gel with Alexander Semin and Eric Staal in 2013-2014 like he did in the 2013 shortened season, but he played some good hockey with Jordan Staal on the second line.

$2.95 million is a bit pricy, but it is a fair deal for a player like Jiri Tlusty, a guy that has proven that he can be a solid top-six forward in the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes had to get this deal done quickly before other teams came in and started making offers for him, and that’s what they did with Jiri Tlusty.

 

 

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