3 Anaheim Ducks Who Probably Won't Be Back Next Season

The Anaheim Ducks are surprising the entire NHL with their success this season. The Ducks play a strong team game and have been led by the likes of Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras, Ryan Getzlaf  and John Gibson. Unfortunately in a hard salary cap world, change is inevitable and that will be much of the same in Anaheim after this season.

3 Ducks Who Likely Won't Be Back in 2022-23

1. Josh Manson - the rugged defenseman is a pending free agent who is going to get a raise from his $4.1 million annual salary but it just may not be in Anaheim. Manson is durable and plays his role well, but the team may not be interested in paying over $5-million for a physical defenseman over the age of 30. He's recorded six points in 32 games this season and leads all Ducks d-men in hits with 84.

2. Rickard Rakell - the winger's name has come up multiple times this season and last in trade rumors and it appears the Ducks will gauge the market at the trade deadline, even if they are in playoff contention. Rakell is a pending UFA who has 13 points in 22 games this season. His best year came back in 2017-18 when he posted 69 points in 77 games. Unfortunately he hasn't hit that type of production since and will likely be wearing new colors next season...or earlier.

3. Adam Henrique: The veteran center has two more seasons on his current deal, paying him just under $6 million. He holds a modified no-trade clause that covers him from 10 teams of his choice. So far in 2021-22 he's recorded 16 points in 24 games. He's the most likely to stay out of these three Ducks as he's reliable and brings some leadership to the room along with Ryan Getzlaf as the roster is full of young personalities. With that being said, expect to hear the Ducks going to market in the summer to see what kind of return they can get for Henrique. 

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