7/22/21 | The Rangers have officially announced a six-year deal with Goodrow.
1:42 PM: Frank Seravalli tweets that the Rangers have made “significant progress” with newly acquired Barclay Goodrow on a reported six-year deal that will have a cap hit of around $3.6 million.
Goodrow, 28, is slated to become a UFA on July 28th and the Rangers acquired him on Saturday for a 2022 7th-round pick.
Seravalli tweets that the expectation is that Goodrow will sign when the roster freeze ends on Thursday.
Adam Rotter: It seemed like the Rangers were going to have to go long-term on a deal for Goodrow, both to prevent him from becoming a UFA and to bring down the cap hit. It’s a big contract for someone who is predominantly a bottom-six player, but it’s not one that kills the cap. He’s someone that will probably swing up and down the lineup, he can play center, he can play wing, he can kill penalties, he’s physical, he does a lot….but those kinds of players are usually at their most valuable when the cap hit is around $2 million.
In some ways Goodrow will replace a lot of what the Rangers lost with Jesper Fast. He’s signed for much longer and much more than it would have cost to keep Fast, but the Rangers are paying for experience, they are paying to bring someone in that has gone on deep playoff runs and won two Stanley Cups. He would be at his best for the Rangers on the third line, but you could also see him being the kind of player that Artemi Panarin would want to play with. Some of the answers to where exactly he fits and who he plays with might be answered this week and certainly by the end of next week.
This kind of deal might mean the end of Pavel Buchnevich’s time with the Rangers…unless it doesn’t. There are so many moving pieces as it relates to Buchnevich, Ryan Strome, the potential prospects that might get moved and who might come in.