Sport'I think I fit right in': Ryan Dzingel eager to get started with Hurricanes
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The 27-year-old wingerafter four seasons spent mostly with the Ottawa Senators, and even though Carolina will be his third club in less than a year, Dzingel feels that the Hurricanes are the right choice for his lifestyle and hockey career.
"I love what I heard from [Hurricanes owner] Mr. Dundon and coach [Rod Brind'Amour] and everybody else," Dzingel told reporters in a conference call Friday. "I believe in this team and I believe in the city, and watching what we did last year and the run they went on, and everything I heard about Raleigh and everything else around it, I thought it was a perfect fit for me and my fiancee and my family."
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Dzingel split last season between the Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets, registering a career-high 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists) despite the turmoil of being traded midway through the campaign. Having tallied at least 23 goals in each of his last two seasons, Dzingel drew a lot of interest as a free agent this summer, but the Chicago area native said it was the Hurricanes' emphasis on uptempo play that helped him choose Carolina.
"[Brind'Amour] called and talked about his style, his high pace," Dzingel explained. "He likes his wingers to get going and start flying out the zone and that's what I want to do. I love using my speed, it's one of my best attributes, so hearing that we want to score goals and we want to be a high tempo offense, and watching them last season, I thought it was a perfect fit for the way I play.
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"Obviously you want to go somewhere where you fit with their style and that's obviously one of the biggest reasons I think I fit right in."
Despite increasing his point total in each of his first four NHL campaigns, culminating in a new contract that, Dzingel doesn't expect to simply walk into a primary role with the 2019 Eastern Conference finalists. In fact, he's eager to earn a spot with his new club.
"They're not going to tell you where or who you're going to play with, you're going to have to earn it and that's what I've done my whole career," Dzingel said of his early discussions of his role under Brind'Amour. "I compete and work hard and that's what I like to hear from the coach. You have to earn your ice time. You never want to come in and guys get or are owed anything, so it's nice to come in and have to earn it."
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