Adam Henrique scored a team-leading 26 goals last season, the second-highest total of his career and the most since he scored 30 with the New Jersey Devils in 2015-16. He also led the Ducks with 43 points, matching his third-highest output of his 10 seasons in the NHL.
This season, Henrique has struggled to score, as have all of his teammates. He had three goals and one assist through 16 games and had a minus-8 defensive rating, tied for the team’s worst, while averaging 16:06 of ice time, the lowest total of his career.
General manager Bob Murray had seen enough, so he placed Henrique on waivers Saturday. Teams have until 9 a.m. Sunday to claim him, but given he’s in the second season of a five-year contract that pays him $5.825 million per season, that might be unlikely.
Henrique, 31, also has a limited no-trade clause in his contract.
If he goes unclaimed, the Ducks could place Henrique on their taxi squad or assign him to their AHL team, the San Diego Gulls. Or he could simply remain on the Ducks’ roster and continue playing on their top line alongside center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Troy Terry.
Several of the Ducks players went through waivers to begin the season in order to be placed on the taxi squad, including forward David Backes and goaltender Anthony Stolarz. Backes has one goal in seven games this season. Stolarz hasn’t not appeared in a game with the Ducks.
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