When Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from 12 years and $77 million remaining on his contract, the loss of a skilled forward could have given restricted free agent Adam Henrique more leverage in his own negotiations.
“I should just ask for the rest of his contract,” Henrique joked in a conversation today with The Star-Ledger.
“I never really looked at it as giving me more power or anything like that. We’re just trying to get something fair for myself and for the team. It obviously opens up a little more cap space.”
Both Henrique, 23, and Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said a new deal could be finalized by the end of this week.
“Could be. It’s close. It’s coming along well,” Henrique confirmed. “There is no huge rush or deadline, so we’re just going at it a day at a time.”
When the free agency signing period opened two weeks ago, there was the possibility of another club trying to sign Henrique to an offer sheet. The Devils would have matched, but they still had Kova