Anaheim Ducks: 3 Reasons Not to Trade Adam Henrique

Adam Henrique #14 of the Anaheim Ducks (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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A Little Spark of Joy

When I think of all the reasons the Anaheim Ducks should keep Adam Henrique, the one at the very top of my list is a rather selfish reason. But, after the last few seasons, it’s okay to be a little selfish, isn’t it?

At the beginning of this year, I went through a big life transition. When I moved into my new place, my sister made me “Marie Kondo” my bedroom; it was weird, but oddly therapeutic. Everything that didn’t spark joy was set in a box for donation or trash. And when the Anaheim Ducks stopped bringing me joy, I used a similar method with the team. But instead of throwing out things that didn’t bring me joy, I went searching for the things that did.

If you know me, even in the slightest, you know that Max Jones was one of the few players I found that sparked joy when I turned on the game each night. But, it wasn’t until Rico was put on waivers and sat for several games did I realize just how much of a rock he had been for me these past few years.

In talking with friends on social media, someone referred to Henrique as a “Zoloft Rock.” Which, considering all the work Rico does to advocate for mental health, suits him perfectly. When watching the Anaheim Ducks, however, it’s impossible to argue that the Waiver Guy doesn’t spark joy in our hearts every time he sets foot out on the ice.

His work ethic is inspiring. He pushes himself and constantly proves his dedication to the Anaheim Ducks both on and off the ice. Not to mention, there’s hardly a moment when you don’t see him smiling. And he is always celebrating, not just his own victories but especially the ones of his teammates. Most importantly, Henrique loves what he does, and it shows.

In a season with so many unknowns, and with a rebuild on the horizon for this team, the fans and the players deserve someone on their roster who can inspire them, build them up, and be that spark of joy that hopefully ignites a fire, and no one can do that better than Adam Henrique.