Adam Henrique is a lot more useful to this team than people give him credit for, and that is often overshadowed by his horrible contract. The idea of trading him, however, is not a new one. He was rumored to be on the trade block during last season’s Trade Deadline and many fans wanted him traded before his new contract kicked in.
The idea has not been lost on Bob Murray, as he was reportedly shopping him prior to placing him on waivers. If a trade doesn’t happen at the trade deadline, there is always the possibility Murray and co. expose him during the Seattle Expansion Draft.
There are so many possibilities of what could happen concerning Adam Henrique. However, I am of the opinion that the Anaheim Ducks are a better team with Rico than without. He may no longer be a spring chicken, but he is still a reliable and versatile two-way center who can get the job done while the young guns are getting their sea legs.
He offers the team a little bit of consistency during a time when they have been anything but consistent. Even at 31-years-old, he can still produce effectively. While, in the future, the Ducks should strive to have their top point producers give them a lot more than 15-20 points halfway through the season, where the team is currently, Henrique is doing more than his fair share of carrying the load.
Rico is a natural-born leader who has taken everything this organization has thrown at him in stride. Since being acquired from New Jersey, he has stepped up far more than we could have ever hoped, not just for the team, but in the community as well. He is loyal to the Ducks, even if they don’t show the same level of loyalty to him.
And while, for contract purposes, trading him right now might make sense, there is no other player who fits this role better than Adam Henrique himself. He may not have carved a spot for himself on the Anaheim Ducks Mount Rushmore, but he has earned his spot on this team and carved a spot for himself in our hearts.
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