April 20, 2024

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The Anaheim Ducks and forward Troy Terry have successfully avoided an arbitration hearing by reaching an agreement on a substantial seven-year contract worth $7 million per season, as announced by the team on Wednesday.

Prior to the resolution, financial details were not officially disclosed, but it was reported by The Athletic’s Eric Stephens that the contract amounts to $7 million annually.

Terry, who is 25 years old, enjoyed a standout season, achieving a career-high of 38 assists and tallying 23 goals, resulting in an impressive 61 points across 70 games. Before the arbitration hearing, both parties exchanged contract figures, with the Ducks proposing $4.5 million while Terry’s representatives sought an $8-million cap hit, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Since being selected 148th overall by the Ducks in the 2015 draft, the Denver native has amassed 75 goals and 101 assists, accumulating 176 points in 274 games. However, his true breakout came in the 2021-22 season when he excelled as a first-line right winger, averaging an impressive 0.89 points per game compared to his 0.42 per game in the previous season.

Terry, along with 22-year-old center Trevor Zegras, serves as a key offensive force for the Ducks, with Terry playing an average of 19:22 minutes per game in the past season. Both players still have their prime years ahead, and the Ducks’ management successfully convinced Terry to be a part of their long-term vision, ensuring he remains under contract until the 2029-30 NHL season.

This long-term signing signifies a significant statement by the Ducks, as they avoid the risk of explaining to an arbitrator why Terry’s demands weren’t met, which has sometimes led to strained relationships between players and organizations. Standing at six feet tall and weighing 185 pounds, Terry’s role is crucial in the team’s efforts to transition from a rebuild phase and ultimately secure a playoff berth for the first time since the 2017-18 season.

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