Henrique To be Key Part of Ducks for Next Five Years

By Patrick Hoffman

When Adam Henrique scored in overtime in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals between the Rangers and Devils, I was devastated.

The Blueshirts were one of the best teams in the league that season and Henrique crushed our Cup dreams. Now, for the next five seasons, the 28-year-old center will get to hurt Western Conference foes at $5.825 million per season.

When he was traded to the Ducks after 24 games with his former club, he came over and put up 36 points in 57 games. He played well on the power play (8 points), put lots of pucks to the net (102 shots), killed penalties, and was a reliable and consistent player as he did not miss a single game this season.

Besides the above-mentioned positives, Henrique is also someone that can be a leader for the Ducks. He's got eight years worth of experience, has played and excelled in the postseason, and has shown that he can put up between 40-50 points on a somewhat consistent basis.

It should also be noted that this is a killer of a deal for Adam. He's not known as an elite forward, he's never made an All-Star team, and you never see the guy on the leaderboard in terms of production, but nevertheless, he is now getting paid handsomely by the Ducks.

With this five-year extension, the Ducks probably expect him to be a key part of their offense. With the likes of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Rikard Rakell, and Jakob Silfverberg, the team's offense is quite solid.

It'll be interesting to see if Henrique's play coincides with the amount of money he is getting paid, but at first glance, this could be a solid deal for the Ducks as they continue to hunt for the second Cup in franchise history.

Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for Sportsnet.caKukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

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