On Nov. 30, the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks made a substantial in-season trade that moved center Adam Henrique west and sent defenseman Sami Vatanen east.
Three weeks later, Henrique returns to the Prudential Center as the Ducks (14-11-8) play the Devils (18-9-5) on Monday night for the first time since the trade.
"I'm looking forward to it," Henrique said after practice Sunday in New Jersey. "Honestly, I'm going to try to not think about all that all day, but it'll be hard not to. I'm sure it will be emotional."
Henrique was a Devils mainstay for more than six seasons, twice topping 50 points and surpassing 20 goals on three occasions. As a rookie in 2011-12, he scored the winning goal in overtime in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final that helped the Devils eliminate the New York Rangers.
"You feel good about what you left behind and what I did in my time, not only at the rink, but away from the rink, as well," Henrique said. >> Read more
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