8PM: Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period and NHL Network says that the Rangers are “already closing in” on a contract for Goodrow.
3:51PM: The Rangers have acquired two-time Stanley Cup Champion and pending UFA Barclay Goodrow from Tampa Bay for a 2022 7th round pick.
Goodrow, 28, is coming off a two-year deal that had a cap hit of $925,000.
Chris Johnston of Sportsnet says that teams are “prepared” to offer him a six-year deal if he becomes a UFA.
He is listed as a RW, but has a 52.4% faceoff winning percentage with a little over 2,000 opportunities. He has had at least 111 hits in each of the last four seasons, but had 103 in 25 games for Tampa in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 68 in 18 games for Tampa this year in the playoffs.
This past season with Tampa he had 6 goals and 14 assists in 55 games and two goals and four assists in 18 playoff games. He has 32 goals and 61 assists in 331 career games and 5 goals and 9 assists in 65 career playoff games.
Goodrow is 6-2, 215 and averaged 12:12 per game in six seasons with San Jose and 14:47 per game with Tampa in the regular season. He averaged 12 minutes per game in 22 career playoff games in San Jose and 17:46 per game in 43 playoff games with Tampa Bay.
Adam Rotter: So all the Rangers have done here is acquire the right to speak with Goodrow before he is slated to become a UFA on July 28th. Goodrow is the exact kind of bottom-six and gritty veteran that the Rangers are looking to add, so sending a seventh-round pick next year to Tampa is a worthwhile bet. There is no guarantee that the Rangers will sign him, but they will protect him in the expansion and make a run at preventing him from becoming a UFA.
He is coming off two Stanley Cups and is expected to be one of the most sought after UFAs so he may choose to test free agency unless the Rangers make him a big offer in the next week or so. The Rangers have cap space now, but it’s going to get eaten away quickly in the next couple of years with Adam Fox’s new deal, Mika Zibanejad’s new deal or the center that replaces him, so the Rangers may be willing to go to an extreme term 6/7/8 years in an effort to bring the cap hit way down. We will see what happens, but this is the first indication we’ve gotten of how the Rangers plan to improve this offseason.