Is Sharks forward Barclay Goodrow ‘trade bait’ or a franchise fixture?

SAN JOSE — Barclay Goodrow is a success story of the Sharks’
developmental system. He’s worked his way from being an undrafted
free agent who signed with the Sharks in 2014 to a player now most
trusted to hold down the injury-riddled team’s No. 1 center
role.

Given his versatility and his modest cap hit, Goodrow figures to
be a player that fits the Sharks now and in the future, as general
manager Doug Wilson often says.

So it is a bit of a surprise to see Goodrow’s name on
TSN’s most recent ‘trade bait’ list
.

There’s been no indication the Sharks are looking to trade
Goodrow. But it’s easy to see why contending teams would have
some interest.

Going into Friday’s game with the Winnipeg Jets, Goodrow’s
already set personal bests in goals (eight), points (23) and
average time on ice (15:51).

Since Tomas Hertl’s Jan. 29 knee injury, Goodrow has played
over 19 minutes in four of the last five games. The one exception
being was the Sharks’ Feb. 4 game with the Calgary Flames, where
Goodrow served a five-minute major for fighting Milan Lucic.

Goodrow is also in the first year of a two-year deal that
carries an average annual value of $925,000 — perfect for any
cap-strapped team.

“It’s not really something to think about,” Goodrow said
of the rumors surrounding the Sharks before the Feb. 24 deadline.
“We’re focused on winning hockey games, that’s the one focus,
that’s the only focus. I can’t speak for other guys, but for
myself, we’re focused on the next game.”

Included on that ‘trade bait’ list are defenseman Brenden
Dillon, and forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Although
those players might not all be dealt, it stands to reason that
Wilson will recoup some assets for at least one or two Sharks
players who are slated to become unrestricted free agents this
summer.

Thornton was included on that list for the first time earlier
this week. Of course, the only way he will be dealt is if he
approaches Wilson at some point in the next 11 days and gives his
necessary blessing to be traded to a contender. Recent reports
indicate that both Boston and Tampa Bay have had internal
discussions about acquiring Thornton.

While Thornton’s future in the NHL beyond this year is
uncertain, Goodrow, it would seem, will be a part of the Sharks’
top six or top nine forward group for next season.

He’s played every forward position for the Sharks this season
and right now, with both Logan Couture and Hertl out of action,
he’s the team’s top line center in between Evander Kane and
Patrick Marleau.

“He’s got a lot of responsibility on his plate right now,
and his response to that has been very, very solid,” Sharks
interim coach Bob Boughner said of Goodrow. “He knows he’s got
that assignment every night to play against the top lines. It’s
not easy when you go back and forth between wing and center all the
time, but I think he’s done a real good job of being able to get
his wingers to commit to playing the right way.

“He’s a staple on our penalty kill. He’s got that tough
assignment every night in the faceoff circle against their top
guys. He’s done a great job. It’s nice to have a guy that’s
versatile that can go in and replace guys that can replace (Hertl
and Couture).”

The experience of playing top line minutes right now and being a
top six forward for most of the season should benefit Goodrow, 26,
in the long run. Although he may not be a 25-30 goal scorer every
season, he has shown he can be a two-way forward that logs heavy
minutes.

“He’s a responsible player and I think that rubs off on
guys,” Boughner said. “He’s constantly being that guy
that’s, I guess you could say, more careful in the offensive
zone. He wants to be the third guy, he wants to be high (in the
offensive zone).

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“To be able to track and be able to cut off entries and rushes.
He’s always the first guy back down low. He allows his wingers to
play with a little more stability.”

Friday, it would appear Goodrow’s line would have to log a lot
of minutes against the Jets’ top line of Kyle Connor, Mark
Scheifele and Patrik Laine.

“It’s about playing the way we’re built to play, playing
the way we’ve kind of been stressing all year,” Goodrow said.
“The details, the little defensive zone things, the turnovers.
You don’t really need to do too much, but you have to be aware of
when those guys are on the ice. Just know that you can’t make
those little mistakes that good players feed off of.”

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Is Sharks forward Barclay Goodrow ‘trade bait’ or a franchise fixture?