The New Jersey Devils and the Anaheim Ducks have stuck a deal for center Adam Henrique. The Ducks acquired Henrique as well as Joseph Blandisi and a third round pick from the 2018 draft.
Going the other way to the Devils, Anaheim sent one of their defense, Sami Vatanen, plus the option of a third round pick during the 2019 or 2020 draft.
It will be a huge change for Henrique. Up till now he has played in New Jersey for the first seven years of his NHL career, and without doubt, has gone on to become one of the team’s stars and one of the most consistent players in the NFL.
Henrique has been excellent this year and over the first 24 games the journeyman has provided 10 assists and scored a total of 4 goals. But, with the NHL Eastern Conference getting more and more competitive New Jersey felt that Vatanen, who has scored once and has three assists would be better for the team as of now.
The Devils general manager Ray Shero has released a statement saying: “In acquiring Sami, we bring on a right shot, top-four defenseman who can play in all situations,” adding “This move also gives us contract certainty on the back end for the next two-plus years. When acquiring a defenseman like Vatanen, you have to give back quality assets or players in return. That is the case in this situation with Adam and Joe.”