The Anaheim Ducks and Troy Terry have avoided an arbitration hearing with a brand-new deal.
Just before Wednesday’s arbitration hearing, both sides have agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract that would carry a $7 million cap hit. Terry will also submit a 10-team no-trade list ahead of the 2025-26 season, with the clause taking effect for the final five years of the contract.
Both sides prioritized a long-term deal instead of a one- or two-year deal in arbitration after back-to-back seasons where he was among the top of the team in the scoring department. He will continue looking to help the Ducks get back to their former glory after several years of being at the league’s basement.
He led the team in goals for two consecutive years, which is impressive given that the Ducks are a team that struggles to find offense. Still, this is a team on the rise, with quality up-and-coming players to complement him like Mason McTavish and Leo Carlsson. With a stronger supporting cast, a stronger power play, and a much-improved team, it will greatly help him and Trevor Zegras.
Terry and His Future with the Ducks
The long-term extension Terry got puts the emphasis on an offseason for the Ducks in which they are trying to mesh their currently developing core with proven veterans with playoff experience, which explains why they signed both Alex Killorn and Radko Gudas. Those signings could point to them making a leap this coming season, especially since Killorn upgrades the forward core and he can complement the games of some of the young forwards, adding size and a scoring touch to balance things out.
At the same time, they are looking to develop their prospects, having a one-two punch at center with Zegras and McTavish, who are soon to be joined by Carlsson. Lukas Dostal is one of the better goalie prospects in the NHL and is about to get his first full-time look at the league, serving as the backup to John Gibson. Also consider a strong young defensive pool headlined by Jamie Drysdale, Olen Zellweger, Jackson LaCombe, and Pavel Mintyukov.
As such, Terry has the likelihood of getting his scoring totals up and becoming a point-per-game player as the team looks to climb up the standings. He is 25 years old, though he has played in the NHL for just three seasons already, with one of them being shortened because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While this coming season could be a career year for him and Zegras, the team as a whole might find it another forgetful season in the first year under new head coach Greg Cronin. Though Terry is just getting started, and is already getting consideration for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Then again, Terry did have 37 goals in his second full NHL season, so if he can get back to that scoring pace, this contract could be a steal.
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