Ducks agree to 5-year extension with Adam Henrique

Anaheim Ducks forward Adam Henrique (14) celebrates a goal. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Centre Adam Henrique has signed a $29.1 million, five-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

The deal announced Monday runs through the 2023-24 season and allows Henrique to avoid free agency next summer.

"That was a goal for me, just to get something done this summer if the team wanted to as well," he said on a conference call. "I’m very happy we have it done now and can just focus on training and get ready for camp and the upcoming season."

Henrique had a combined 24 goals and 26 assists in 81 games with Anaheim and New Jersey last season. He was acquired from the Devils for defenceman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick in November.

"It was a seamless fit and I don’t think you can overlook that," Henrique said about the transition. "That was a big reason why I wanted to stay and why I was so comfortable."

The 28-year-old centre led Anaheim with eight game-winning goals (third in the NHL), tied for second in goals and tied for third in power-play goals with four in 57 games.

Henrique posted the second-longest point streak to start a career in Anaheim at five games.

As a youngster growing up in Canada, Henrique was a fan of Disney’s "Mighty Ducks" movies that inspired the team’s name.

"They were always one of my favourite teams growing up, which obviously makes this a little more special," he said.

He had a career-high 30 goals in 2015-16 with the Devils, who selected him 82nd overall in the third round of the 2008 NHL draft.

July 16, 2018

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Adam Henrique
Centre
AGE: 28
LENGTH:
5 Years
CONTRACT TYPE:
Contract Extension
SALARY CAP HIT:
$5.825 million
TOTAL:
$29.125 million

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