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Devils re-sign Henrique to six-year, $24 million deal

Aug 26, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

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A summer that’s been filled with rough news for the Devils just got made a lot better.

The team announced they’ve re-signed restricted free agent forward Adam Henrique to a multi-year contract. Sportsnet’s Shawn McKenzie reports it’s a six-year deal worth $24 million.

Henrique was the team’s third-round pick in 2008 and over the past two seasons, he’s shown he fits right into the NHL.

Two seasons ago, he scored 16 goals with 35 assists and was their go-to clutch player in the postseason. His overtime goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals put the Devils into the Stanley Cup Final against Los Angeles.

In that time he’s scored 27 goals with 40 assists in 117 career NHL games. Last year, he spent part of the season in the AHL thanks to the lockout where had his time cut short there thanks to a broken thumb.

What will be curious to see now is how this affects Nazem Kadri‘s situation with the Toronto Maple Leafs as he’s in a similar situation to Henrique as a restricted free agent. Kadri was reportedly seeking $6 million a year but denied those reports.

  1. hosewater2 - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Great sigining Lou. Makes the Bozak contract look all that much more absurd and foolish.

    • 950003cups - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      What’s wrong with the Bozak contract? He’s a UFA and Henrique is an RFA. Can’t compare the competition. You think Clarkson gets $37 million as an RFA?

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      So, $4M for a guy who got 16 pts, minus-3, and 49% faceoff wins is “great”
      And $4.2M for a guy who got 28 pts, minus-1, and 52.6% faceoff wins is “absurd”

      Care to explain? or are we just blinding hating everything Toronto does like morons again?

      • koho6right - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        I guess it comes down to his importance to his team…you know, the chemistry. For the most part, I don’t get the salary logistics anymore. If a team needs a certain positional player at a certain time it’s advantage player all the way. Henrique will have a chance to step up with Kovlachuk gone. That’ll be fun to watch. I think the Devils got a steal at 4m a year.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        And how does that make Bozak’s signing “absurd”?

      • hockey7515 - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        I’m not saying that Henrique’s contract is that much better, but the ages of the two do make a difference. Henrique is still growing and will enter his prime, while bozak is not old will be out of his prime by the time the contracts are over.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        I think both contracts are fine. Henriques is a little much, but the length of the deal explains that. By years 4-6 of that deal, it will be a steal.

        Bozak making virtually the same money. He’s one of the best faceoff guys in the NHL. He was in the top 10 for takeaways among centers. He gets more hits than most top 6 centers. 4.2 for all that is a steal, but we’re supposed to act like it’s not…. because the Leafs signed him.

      • hosewater2 - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Not blind hating on TO, would love to see them succeed, their fan base certainly deserves it.

        Bozak was a lousy signing at that term, by year 3 the next GM is going to be wishing dreaming pining for a compliance buyout which won’t exist. Contrast that with Henrique who will be a bargain by year 3 of his deal…clutch scorer, leader, team guy, not sure if he’ll be an elite superstar but you get the idea.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        So 16 points is clutch? a leader? Good luck with that. You better hope Henrique clicks with Ryder and Clowe as well as he did with Kovalchuk and Parise. Not likely.

        I don’t think people realize what he does on the ice to give Kessel the room he needs. Bozak does what he does. His stats speak for themselves. People want to focus on point and point alone, that’s fine. Ignorance is bliss after all. Bozak is good for 50 points. At $4.2M, that alone is a good deal. Add his faceoff skill, takeaways, hits, etc to the mix and he’s a steal.

  2. 950003cups - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    It’s a great deal for both sides. They can always restructure later if he improves dramatically. Which he already has. 2 years ago in 74 games he had 16 goals playing along Kovy and Parise. Last year he played in 42 games and had 11 goals without Parise at all and without Kovy for 10 of those games.

    • billyhauntswizards - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      the new CBA doesn’t allow salary restructuring though,

      • 950003cups - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        The old one didn’t allow it either. That’s not what really I meant. I should have said “extend” his contract. That’s allowed.

      • koho6right - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Easy to figure out what 950003cups was getting at.

      • killerpgh - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        you can’t extend until the last year of your contract either.

  3. kegmen7 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    If Henrique continues on his developmental arch and the cap does continue to rise to the upper range of estimates, i.e. 80 million, a four million cap charge for years 4-6 is going to look like a real bargain…..

  4. kegmen7 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    If Henrique continues on his developmental arc and the cap does continue to rise to the upper range of estimates, i.e. 80 million, a four million cap charge for years 4-6 is going to look like a real bargain…..

  5. kegmen7 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    sorry for the double post

  6. kane987245 - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Great signing for NJD! Very happy for him! If he continues to stay healthy and continue his development, he will be one of the best in his position in no time! I honestly think it is a great contract for a RFA and down the line a real bargain!

    Devs still about $4 Mil in cap space to spend with no floor. Never know, Lou may not be done yet!

    • thecheeman - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Henrique will be one of the best centers in no time? How was third grade today Timmy?

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