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All In: The Barclay Goodrow Trade
By: Michael Wax
The Tampa Bay Lightning waited until the last possible moment to improve the roster on trade deadline day, but their move might have been one of the most talked-about deals of the day. The Lightning sent their 2020 first-round pick, along with forward Anthony Greco, to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Barclay Goodrow and 2021 3rd round pick.
What the Lightning Got
Goodrow was one of my favorite players not on the Lightning, and for good reason. Many may remember him as the individual who scored the overtime winner in game seven against Vegas, but he’s much more than that. Goodrow ranked 4th on a terrible Sharks team in takeaways with 40 and can be a decent faceoff man. Goodrow can also bring the physicality, as his 140 hits rank 32nd in the entire NHL. While Goodrow isn’t the most offensively gifted player, and he takes too many penalties for my liking, he can be a piece that takes the Lightning over the top defensively.
Getting a pick back was huge, especially with the pick acquired being so early in the draft. The Lightning have always had success in the later rounds, with the 3rd round, in particular, yielding such gems as Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli recently.
What the Sharks Got
After trading away their 2020 first-round pick as part of the Erik Karlsson deal in 2018, the struggling Sharks were looking to improve their current draft position. With this trade, they now jump back into the first round, albeit extremely late. Still, that shouldn’t matter, as this is supposed to be one of the deepest drafts in a long time. Hopefully, that pick is 31st though! Meanwhile, Greco was barely a member of the Lightning organization, as he was acquired for forward Danick Martel just 4 days ago. With the Lightning sitting at the 50 contract maximum, Greco was the unfortunate casualty of this trade.
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February 24th, 2020