Barclay Goodrow was claimed off waivers by the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

The move comes after the New York Rangers placed the forward on waivers Tuesday.

Goodrow returns to where his NHL career began. He signed with the Sharks as an undrafted free agent March 6, 2014, and played his first six NHL seasons with San Jose prior to being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 24, 2020.

The 31-year-old has three seasons remaining on a six-year, $21.85 million contract ($3.641 million average annual value) he signed with the Rangers on July 22, 2021. The Sharks now assume that contract.

"I think, from his standpoint, he's probably shocked by how things went down at the end of the day in New York," Sharks general manager Mike Grier said Monday. "I know he enjoyed his time there. When you look back at his view since he left here he's won two Cups and played in two Finals ... But at the end of the day, I think there's some excitement to come back here and be around a group. He's still friends with Logan (Sharks center Couture) and even Jumbo (former San Jose forward Joe Thornton) and other people in the front office. And I think the fans love him here and he knows that. As far as his role goes, he's got the winning pedigree... The value that he has is kind of priceless."

Goodrow had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 80 regular-season games and eight points (six goals, two assists) in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games with New York.

In 10 NHL seasons with the Sharks, Lightning and Rangers, Goodrow has 169 points (60 goals, 109 assists) in 572 regular-season games and 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 97 playoff games. He helped the Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2020 and 2021.

Grier on Monday also gave an update on Couture, who was limited to six games this season because of a hip/groin injury. The 34-year-old San Jose captain said in March he is hopeful of returning next season.

"I talked to 'Cooch' last week," Grier said. "He's working out hard. I think he feels pretty good, so I think he's optimistic about everything. We'll just see how the rest of the summer goes. He keeps training and he'll be back here in July at some time to start skating, and we'll just take it from there.

"Right now, I think he's just enjoying being with his family and his young son and training and trying to get healthy. We'll just have to see how it goes as we get into the later months of summer." independent correspondent Chelena Goldman contributed to this report