Barclay Goodrow was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning by the San Jose Sharks on Monday for a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and forward prospect Anthony Greco.
Goodrow has an NHL career-high 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 62 games this season. The 26-year-old forward has one season remaining on his two-year contract.
"Barclay is the big center. We needed a big, physical center, and he brings that," Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said. "He has the size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), he also has the physicality, and he plays with an edge. Because of injuries in San Jose, he was asked to play a bigger role with more skilled players, and he's handled that well. He's been matched up against some really good players and handled it really well. ... I think he's somewhat of an underrated player, a player that's now hitting his stride and coming into his peak of play. He was given an opportunity to showcase himself this year and show that he could handle more. He's done really well."
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Tampa Bay also receives a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
"I was in the buyer's chair, and my mindset was not about value maximization. It's about winning hockey games," BriseBois said. "And I look at our team with Blake Coleman (acquired in trade from the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 16) in there, and I look at our team with Barclay Goodrow in there, and we're a better team now. And we're going to be a harder team to take out come springtime with the addition of these two players."
Goodrow has 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) in 268 regular-season games with the Sharks, who signed him as an undrafted free agent March 6, 2014. He has two goals in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
"We're pleased with our return, but we gave up a player who epitomizes our development system," San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said. "Barclay is a special guy. Nothing was given to him."
Greco has played one NHL game, for the Florida Panthers last season. The 26-year-old has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 40 games for Springfield and Syracuse of the American Hockey League. He was acquired by the Lightning in a trade with the Panthers for forward Daniel Martel on Saturday.
"Ultimately at the deadline when you're a buyer you're [darned] if you do and [darned] if you don't," BriseBois said. "I decided I was going to take the risk of being damned if I did."