Dzingel, 29, is coming off a forgettable year in which he scored just eight goals and 13 points, splitting the season between the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators. That’s two years in a row that he’s had disappointing offensive numbers after his breakout 2018-19 campaign. That season, he scored 26 goals and 56 points, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets at the deadline for a memorable, albeit short, playoff experience. The Blue Jackets pushed all the chips to the middle by acquiring Dzingel and Matt Duchene at the deadline during the final year of Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky’s contracts. They managed to sweep the historically good Tampa Bay Lightning but then were quickly dismissed by the Boston Bruins in the second round.
In terms of value contracts, this actually might be one of the best signed today if Dzingel can even approach his previous totals. For the Coyotes, that would be a perfect storm, as they can load up his offensive opportunities only to flip him to a contender at the trade deadline. Arizona is obviously trying to collect as many future assets as possible, and Dzingel appears to just be a means to that end. On a $1.1MM cap hit, he’ll be extremely attractive at the deadline if he can play well during the first half.