On Tuesday, the Anaheim Ducks signed forward Troy Terry to a three-year extension worth $1.45 million per season. I’ve given my thoughts on Terry a few times now, so this article will focus more on the contract than the player.
I think this was a huge win for the Ducks. To get that low of an AAV on a three-year deal is a steal as far as I’m concerned. Sure, Terry only played 47 games with the Ducks this season and was sent back down to the AHL, but the price that Anaheim got Terry at, compared to how high his ceiling is and what he may do in the next few seasons makes this a great deal.
In the worst-case scenario, Terry probably ends up scoring between 25 and 30 points each season and never manages to round out his game and fully adjust to the NHL. While unlikely, the price the Ducks are paying for him means that’s still a fair deal for the team.
On the flip side, the most likely scenario is that Terry turns into a top-six or middle-six winger. I’ve said before that I think Terry can hit 40 points as early as next season, considering he’ll likely be used on the third line and get some time on the power play.
Three years gives Terry quite a bit of time to develop and more importantly, gives the Ducks quite a bit of time to see what he’s going to become before committing to him long-term. I would’ve assumed that if the Ducks were getting that price it would be on a two-year deal and if the deal was three years, the AAV may have been up around the $2 million mark. This is a big win for the Ducks and will likely go down as a great signing in a year or two from now.
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Here’s today’s poll question (results and discussion will be posted in a future article):
Do you think the Ducks got Troy Terry at a good price for a three-year deal?