2. Ryan Dzingel
This was a free agent signing that simply just didn’t work out for the Carolina Hurricanes. I thought that Ryan Dzingel could build off his career-best season, splitting time with the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets.
He was coming off a 26 goal and 30 assist season and the thought was being on a team with more talent surrounding him that he would be able to build. He wasn’t able to. Currently sitting at 8 goals and 21 assists through the 64 games that he played in this season. He went without a point in his last 11 games and without a goal in his last 23.
This scoring drought he was on was not beneficial to the Hurricanes push toward the playoffs. He was a liability on the ice and just couldn’t seem to get anything going. He didn’t seem to have the same impact he did in Ottawa, where he was dominant having two straight 20 goal seasons for them.
This is the case of a free-agency signing that just didn’t work out. The Hurricanes have made a trade of a player they acquired just after their first year when they moved Calvin de Haan to the Chicago Blackhawks. That move was for cap space reasons, but the Hurricanes weren’t afraid to move on.
Dzingel would be moved solely based on his performance this season. The Carolina Hurricanes signed him as a player that can be a consistent scoring threat for them. He was too inconsistent, and the Hurricanes can afford to move on from him.
Question for CC Readers: Which Carolina Hurricanes player do you feel is the most likely to be traded?