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Sharks claim Goodrow off waivers from Rangers

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Barclay Goodrow is returning to the Bay Area.

The San Jose Sharks claimed the veteran forward off waivers from the New York Rangers on Wednesday, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Goodrow has three years left on his contract with a $3.64-million cap hit.

The 31-year-old, who can play both center and wing, registered four goals and eight assists in 80 games with the Rangers last season while throwing 170 hits and winning 54% of his faceoffs. He added six goals and two assists in 16 playoff contests.

His best season came in 2021-22 when he produced 13 goals and 33 points in 79 games.

The Toronto native spent the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Sharks after signing with the organization as an undrafted free agent. San Jose traded him in 2020 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, with whom he won back-to-back Stanley Cups.

Goodrow's signature moment during his first tenure with the Sharks came when he scored the OT winner in Game 7 of Round 1 against the Vegas Golden Knights in 2019. The Sharks trailed 3-0 midway through the third period before ultimately winning 5-4.

The move gives the Rangers additional cap space to help re-sign restricted free-agent defensemen Ryan Lindgren and Braden Schneider. The rebuilding Sharks, meanwhile, move closer to the NHL's $65-million cap floor.

The Sharks also traded for Dallas Stars forward Ty Dellandrea earlier Wednesday.

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