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Lamoriello ‘hopeful’ to re-sign Henrique soon

Jul 23, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

Adam Henrique AP

New Jersey signing Jaromir Jagr to a one-year deal isn’t the last piece of business they’ve got to take care of this summer.

Restricted free agent Adam Henrique needs a new deal still and GM Lou Lamoriello is trying hard to get it done as he tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

Lamoriello, asked about restricted free agent Adam Henrique, said there were no updates “at this point but we certainly are hopeful. We’ll do everything we can.”

That doesn’t exactly sound encouraging for New Jersey.

Henrique is the Devils’ only remaining RFA and he’s coming off of his entry-level deal, one that came with a cap hit of just over $850,000 per year. He’s coming off a season that saw him score 11 goals with five assists in 42 games.

His first full NHL season two years ago saw him score 51 points and become a playoff folk hero scoring the overtime goal to eliminate the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals. He’s due for a raise, but the team and player are likely haggling over just how much that is.

  1. devilsarethebest - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Give him what he wants. The kid is the future of this team. We have up to 8 million in cap space, we have plenty for him and Brunner/Raymond/Grabo.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    I’ve always liked the devils even though I’m a pens fan , there are huge underdogs every year , and they prove everyone wrong all the time

    • bronconation7 - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      As a Devils fan I’d thought we’d have years of battles between Parise/Kovy and Crosby/Malkin. So much for that idea. I wish Malkin would get homesick though. Would make it much easier to beat you guys.

  3. thecheeman - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    1) Don’t forget the Game 7 OT goal against Florida in the first round

    2) He only produced consistently that one year on a line between Kovalchuk and Parise. He’s got a lot to prove. You don’t open the bank for this kid yet.

    3) I’m not worried about this getting ugly.

    Henrique wasn’t going anywhere and Lou had other priorities to work on he could afford to let this dangle a while. Henrique’s not the kind of guy you offer sheet. He’s not big or overly fast and he doesn’t have one defining great skill like a huge shot or lightning quick hands that a team has to overpay for. He’s a solid young player and in time you want to see him become a reliable 2nd line two-way center. Unfortunately for Devils fans that’s what we’re still hoping Zajac becomes but he’s getting paid like an all-star.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      One of the few people who make any sense.

    • bronconation7 - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      You hit the nail on the head with Henrique. I also like that he plays with an edge. Dude can play but Zajac should have to split his contract with him until he produces again. They both had huge drop-offs last year. I’ll give Henrique the excuse of the ligament injury and Travis the excuse of getting paid way too much and not handling the pressure of the new contract. If they both play to expectations next year we’ll be a solid team.

      • thecheeman - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Yeah I agree with you about Henrique’s edge. With Clarkson and even Kovalchuk (LOL Schenn) gone he might be the only guy left likely to get a little feisty with the other team, although Clowe might be good for that too.

  4. kane987245 - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    They will sign him. He won;t walk, Lou is a reasonable guy and works his magic. He’ll be signed whiten the next week I feel for about 2.5 mil at most. That is still over 5 million to go out and get one last big name that is remaining. He deserves a good raise good amount of years. Not worried at all.

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