The Anaheim Ducks have locked up one of their young forwards, signing Troy Terry to a three-year contract extension. The deal will keep him from reaching restricted free agency until 2023, while Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports that the deal will pay Terry $1.35MM in the first season, $1.45MM in the second and $1.55MM in the third ($1.45MM AAV).
Terry, 22, was a fifth-round pick of the Ducks in 2015 that quickly became one of their top prospects. In his sophomore season at the University of Denver Terry exploded onto the national scene with 22 goals and 45 points in 35 games, while also helping carry Team USA to a gold medal in the World Juniors. He scored the golden goal a the tournament, before returning to DU and winning a national championship.
It was hard to overlook him at that point, and in 2018 he proved his talent once again by competing at the Olympics despite being just 20 years old. Since debuting in the NHL it hasn’t been quite as smooth sailing for the Denver native, but Terry has at least proven he has the talent to compete at that level. In 81 games spread over parts of three seasons, he has recorded 28 points. His time in the minor leagues has been much more fruitful, with Terry scoring at more than a point-per-game pace.
A three-year deal at this point shows that the Ducks believe he can be a part of their NHL future, while also securing him for a reasonable price. With so many teams blindsided by the flat cap situation, every dollar spent will have to be scrutinized heavily—even for rebuilding teams like the Ducks.