RALEIGH — Radek Dvorak came to the Carolina Hurricanes training camp this year on a professional tryout, looking for a job at age 36.
The veteran forward has one. The Canes announced Wednesday that Dvorak signed a one-year deal that will pay him $600,000 on the NHL level or $125,000 on the American Hockey League level, with a guarantee of at least $250,000 for the 2013-14 season.
“It’s tough. Nothing is for free,” Dvorak said during camp. “Everyone is competing. It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 36, you’re fighting for a spot on the team and it’s intense.”
Injuries to forwards Tuomo Ruutu, Alexander Semin, Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm during training camp gave Dvorak added opportunity to play and perform. The Czech Republic native played just nine games in the NHL last season with the Anaheim Ducks, spending part of the year with HC Davos of the Swiss league.
“He played hard, played smart and showed he wanted a contract over here,” said Canes forward Jiri Tlusty, who also hails from the Czech Republic. “He deserves it.”
Dvorak was drafted 10th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1995 NHL entry draft and later played for six other NHL teams. He was a member of the 2006 Edmonton Oilers, who lost in seven games to the Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Final.
Canes general manager Jim Rutherford noted Dvorak’s experience and versatility after the signing. Dvorak has appeared in 1,200 regular-season games, ranking him eighth among active NHL players in games played, and has 223 career goals and 358 assists.
Dvorak has represented the Czech Republic in several international competitions, including the 2002 Winter Games.
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