Adam Henrique’s new deal is $24-million over six years. Interesting comparable with Kadri having similar NHL experience.
Not sure I’d compare Henrique with Nazem Kadri. They’re different players. Kadri was a first round pick by Toronto in 2009. Thanks to the Leafs’ patience, he broke out in 2013 posting 44 points (18-26-44) in 48 games helping the Leafs reach the playoffs for the first time since ’04. Over 99 games, he’s compiled 26 goals and 37 assists for 63 points. Ironically, he remains unsigned. So perhaps fans are speculating that he could get a similar contract to Henrique’s.
Henrique will earn a cap hit of $4 million per year. He’s signed through 2018-19. The Devils have made a long-term investment in the 2012 playoff hero. He’s clearly the most talented center they have on the roster. His development is crucial to the club’s future. It’s similar to Ranger center Derek Stepan, who also is restricted following a strong third year. Given what Henrique got and Edmonton’s Sam Gagner ($4.8 million cap hit through 2015-16) received, the cost just went up. Unless the two sides have a handshake agreement, it’s foolish on Glen Sather’s part to wait this long.