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Henrique ready for emotional return to New Jersey with Ducks

Henrique ready for emotional return to New Jersey with Ducks
Published On: Sun, Dec 17
Jan 23, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Henrique was still absorbing the news that the New Jersey Devils had traded him to the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 30 when Devils coach John Hynes gave him one more thing to think about.

"I think you're back here in a couple of weeks," Hynes told Henrique.

Since then, Henrique has tried not to think about his return to Prudential Center to face the Devils on Monday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, KCOP-13, NHL.TV), but it's been lingering in the back of his mind with a growing mixture of excitement and dread.

Now that the game is upon him, Henrique's prevailing thought is, "I just want to get through it, really."

That was a sentiment he repeated throughout an interview before the Ducks' 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Before the trade, the Devils were the only NHL organization Henrique knew. They selected him in the third round (No. 82) of the 2008 NHL Draft and he played seven seasons for them, scoring one of the most memorable goals in their history against the New York Rangers in overtime of Game 6 in the 2012 Eastern Conference Final.

Being back in that building and facing them for the first time won't be easy.

"It's going to be nuts," Henrique said. "It will be emotional, I'm sure. ... I won't do well [emotionally], I'm sure."

Henrique, 27, understands the business decision the Devils made. They traded him, forward Joseph Blandisi and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Ducks for a defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round pick.

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