Newark, N.J. - Henrique! It’s over! The wait for Adam Henrique to sign a new contract with the New Jersey Devils has finally come to an end today. Henrique agreed to terms of a six-year contract worth $24 million, a cap hit of $4 million a year through the 2018-19 season.
Henrique, 23, finished his sophomore season in 2013 with 11 goals and five assists for 16 points in 42 games. Henrique had a down season compared to his rookie season where he was a Calder Trophy finalist. In 2011-12 Henrique scored 16 goals and 35 assists for 51 points. He also had a strong postseason, adding five goals and eight assists for 13 points in the Devils 24 game journey to game six of the Stanley Cup Final.
Henrique will play a key role for the Devils over these next six seasons as he is a very hard worker and puts great pressure on the forecheck. He will most likely play on a line with Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder. Playing on a line with some more skill will benefit Henrique and return him to his rookie self.
The Devils, along with Henrique wanted the longer length contract, but could not come to an agreement on the exact length of the deal. Henrique knew that New Jersey was where he wanted to play and understood the importance for him to re-sign to a long-term deal.
Lou Lamoriello said, “It was either going to be real short, either two years, or it would not be anything less than six because it had to go beyond unrestricted free agency”
Henrique’s new contract brings him two years past when he was scheduled to be eligible to become a UFA.
This may be the last signing we see the Devils and Lamoriello make this offseason, since the Devils roster now have 24 players on the roster.