Ducks Acquire Henrique, Send Vatanen To Jersey In 3-Player Deal

In surprising news on THursday morning, the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils consummated a significant trade at the end of Nocember.

Jersey sends centers Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi with a third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to Anaehim for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick.

Henrique, 27, has put together four consecutive 40-point seasons with a career high 50 points coming during the 2015-16 season. His contract, which carries a $4M cap hit, expires after the 2018-19 season. He posted 20 goals and 20 assists in 82 games last year for Jersey. Henrique had four goals and ten assists in 24 games this year for the Devils.

Blandisi, 23, was originally a sixth round pick by the Colorado Avalanche in 2012. He signed with Jersey as a free agent in January 2015 and has appeared in 68 NHL games with the Devils. He has spent the duration of the 2017-18 season in the AHL.

Vatanen, 26, has two years remaining on his current contract after the 2017-18 season with a $4.875M cap hit. He had one goal and three assists in 15 games for the Ducks this season.

Anaheim adding another veteran center follows the other early season blockbuster that saw Nashville add Kyle Turris. Chicago still needs to address that position.

8 thoughts on “Ducks Acquire Henrique, Send Vatanen To Jersey In 3-Player Deal

  1. Vermette leads NHL in faceoff %age, also two goals last night, anyway….. agree Chicago needs to address the position.

  2. Oilers looking for wingers and Panik looks expendable with Debrincat looking ready for a top 6 role and Hino in minors. Maybe bring back a Letestu in some sort of deal, very good faceoff guy and solid bottom 6 center. But with Mcdavid at 37% on faceoffs this season they may not want to part with him either even though they have other options.

  3. Does MTL have any good faceoff centers. What would it cost to get Danault. They owe us a good trade. So does PHX. What faceoff centers do PHX have.

  4. Thought of Danault Mo be a nice fit but if he was available it would cost alot likely. Anybody else on those teams big league roster that would fit be a high cap hit and likely require salary retention and costly.

  5. Wow this is a really nice pick up for the Devils. Ray Shero got a top 4 D man for Adam Henrique. Good move for a team with the arrow pointing up!

  6. Totally agree Southside. Love this deal for the Devils, acquired a top 4 right handed defenseman. Nice.

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