ANAHEIM — Troy Terry didn’t have much time to get adjusted to wearing the “A,” which will be one of his responsibilities as long as injured teammate Adam Henrique is out of the lineup with a lower-body injury.
Terry found out shortly before their game at Washington on Thursday.
“Honestly, I came to the rink against Washington and it wasn’t on my jersey when I first got there. … There were some cheers and people giving me a hard time,” Terry said, smiling. “It’s a huge honor to me. It’s something that I don’t take lightly.”
Ducks coach Dallas Eakins previously said that Terry had “earned it,” in terms of the leadership qualities required of an alternate captain and elaborated on Monday after the Ducks’ morning skate.
“We’re not only trying to develop hockey players here, but we’re trying to develop leaders as well and he’s doing a fabulous job at that,” Eakins said.
It is something that doesn’t happen overnight.
“More vocal for sure,” Eakins said of Terry this season. “Before he was just a fly on the wall and wouldn’t say much. It was more of a respect thing. Didn’t want to step in front of another veteran player. Certainly more vocal in the room. Has an opinion on some things we’re doing on the power play. Certainly way more engaged on the bench with other players. It’s baby steps all the time.
“Leadership, especially in an NHL dressing room, is something you maybe don’t want to go running into the fire. You’ve got to take the necessary steps to get there and I think he’s slowly checking off the boxes.”
For Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, hitting the 400-point career mark in the NHL (which happened on Saturday in Carolina) resonated even more when he started hearing from family and friends and other teammates.
But the fact that he has played the third-most games in the NHL among members of his 2010 NHL draft class – the contest against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday was his 872nd – topped the career point total mark, at least in his mind.
“I’d say that’s probably what I’m more proud of – I still think I have a lot of years left to play,” Fowler said. “Besides some injuries, I think I’ve tried to be a consistent factor for the team on the back end. The points and stuff – that’s fun – but it’s more about showing up every day and being ready to go for your team.
“Doing that over a long career, that’s what I’m most proud of. Hopefully, like I said, there’s a lot more years left.”
Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is one of the many soon-to-be unrestricted free agents on the roster and his name has come up periodically on trade boards this season. Still, he isn’t racing toward the exit sign and would consider signing a contract extension with the rebuilding Ducks.
“We would be definitely open for it,” Shattenkirk said on Monday. “Again, totally understand the situation too, especially after what happened (here) last year.”
There haven’t been meaningful talks regarding an extension.
“It’s in his hands,” Shattenkirk said of Ducks GM Pat Verbeek. “I’m certainly old enough to understand the way the business works. If nothing happens, maybe we’ll explore it again.”