The Anaheim Ducks have announced that Troy Terry will miss tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche for personal reasons. Terry left the Ducks game Saturday against the St. Louis Blues after scoring a goal and an assist in just over 14 minutes of play. His abrupt exit from the game led many to speculate about an injury, but it was announced yesterday that he left the game to attend to a personal matter.
In his place Frank Vatrano will return to the Ducks lineup tonight. Vatrano was also recently out of the lineup for personal reasons but will once again join the Ducks forward ranks. The 29-year-old came over as an off-season free agent and is just three points shy of tying his career high of 39 points from 2018-19. Vatrano will also be looking to pass the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career.
Terry is one of the few bright spots on a team that has had an abysmal season in Anaheim. The Ducks sit 29th in the league in total points and are already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. For his part Terry has delivered again this season after a massive breakout last year. Terry has 21 goals and 35 assists in 66 games this season after having 67 points in 75 games last year.
The Ducks opted to wait until after the season to negotiate a new contract with Terry, who is in the final year of his three-year deal. For his part Terry has likely secured himself a big pay day with his play the last two seasons. He is making just $1.55MM this year, is arbitration eligible, and just a few years away from unrestricted agency. Given all these factors, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Terry triple or even quadruple his salary this summer.