TTG Thoughts on Goodrow and Pacific Division News
This is a column that features random thoughts on the San Jose Sharks, the Sharks organization and hockey as a whole. The column does not have a regular schedule so keep your eyes here for future installments.
Goodrow Signing Wraps up Internal Off-season Business
The Sharks concluded their internal off-season business with the signing of Barclay Goodrow to a two-year contract extension. Goodrow, 24, has had a nearly impossible time obtaining an NHL roster spot under Peter Deboer. For the San Jose Barracuda, Goodrow was their leading goal scorer and fourth in point totals with 25 goals and 20 assists. Goodrow is a player that I have always felt should be a regular NHLer. He would likely hold down a role in many teams bottom six, unfortunately, in San Jose, Goodrow is buried under a group of projected bottom six forwards. His failure to catch on with DeBoer and lack of clear path to the NHL makes the signing puzzling. Goodrow may still have some trade value but the longer he stays buried in the AHL regardless of point totals hurts any potential trade value.
This fall there will be more opportunities than ever for players to advance to the Sharks. Goodrow with a good camp could find himself in the running to finally stick on the team. The contract carries a $650,000 cap hit while his AHL salary is still unknown per Cap Friendly.
Chychrun Injury A Sour Note in a Sweet Summer
The Arizona Coyotes and their fans have had a lot to be excited about this summer. Chyka’s acquisitions of Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nick Cousins, and Antti Ranntta. A new coaching staff and a crop of young talent looking to make the next step. Unfortunately, knee surgery for defenseman Jakob Chychrun has cast somewhat of a shadow the Coyotes as there is no time table for him to be back. Chychrun, 19, is coming off an excellent season scoring 7 goals and 13 assists in 68 games. He was drafted 16th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The loss of Chychrun is a blow for a team that looks to take big strides this year. The Coyotes blueline with the addition of Hjalmarsson should be able to hold its own this year, combine that with steps forward by their young forwards and this might be a playoff threat. Kevin Cannauton will likely play Chychrun’s place to start the season for the Coyotes.
Schmidt Arbitration Award a Win-Win
The Vegas Golden Knights locked up a key part of their defense core in Nate Schmidt. Schmidt was awarded a two-year deal worth $4.45 M carrying a cap hit of 2.25 M AAV. This is a huge win for both parties as the Golden Knights were looking for the term on the deal, while Schmidt was looking for the pay day. I recently wrote in my X-Factors Series on PuckProse.com that Schmidt is expected to play a big role in what will likely be a rough year for the NHL’s newest franchise.
Teal Tinted Glasses and Personal News
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