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Henrique signs five-year contract extension with Ducks

Forward scored 20 goals for Anaheim last season after trade from Devils

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Adam Henrique signed a five-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Financial terms of the contract, which runs through the 2023-24 season, were not released.

Henrique, who had one year remaining on a six-year contract, could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2019.

"The term is the biggest thing, especially when you get to this point of your career," the 28-year-old center told the Ducks website. "I'd love to go as long as possible and play past this contract. That's always been a goal of mine, to play as long as possible. I think that's every players' goal, but there are so many things that can happen along the way. I'm pretty fortunate in my career to remain pretty healthy. Both sides were pretty comfortable with the term. It's not something I'm worried about. I'm just excited for the future."

Video: Henrique on signing five-year extension with Ducks

Henrique, who was traded by the New Jersey Devils with forward Joseph Blandisi and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft choice Nov. 30, 2017, had 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists) in 57 games with the Ducks.

Anaheim went 33-15-9 with Henrique last season.

"No matter where I would've been traded to, I feel like my game is complete enough to fit in anywhere," Henrique said. "But coming to Anaheim, and starting with all the injuries and getting to play a lot, it was a seamless fit. I don't think you can overlook that. I think that was a big reason why I was so comfortable there and playing well. The guys in the locker room were great to me.

"I felt like I had been there for years with some of those guys. That was important for me. Big reason why I wanted to stay and was so comfortable doing another five years. I'm excited it's done and excited for what's ahead. Looking forward to hopefully bringing a Cup back there."

Henrique has scored at least 20 goals in a season four times, including an NHL career-high 30 in 2015-16. He has 293 points (142 goals, 151 assists) in 512 NHL games with the Ducks and Devils.

Henrique was a third-round pick (No. 82) in the 2008 NHL Draft by New Jersey.

Tweet from @AdamHenrique: Always been a dream to play for the @anaheimducks and I���m excited to be staying for years to come! Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey thus far. Excited for many more great memories! @Topshelf_TSSM @Thorts19 PS. Had to draw in @shenrique1418 pic.twitter.com/0STKnqTu1q

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