The Sharks have re-signed forward Barclay Goodrow to a two-year contract extension, the club announced on Monday.
The contract, a two-way deal, is worth $650,000 at the NHL level for both years according to a source.
Goodrow, 24, has spent most of the past two seasons playing for the AHL Barracuda. In 61 games last season for the Sharks’ primary minor league affiliate, Goodrow posted 45 points (25g, 20a) in 61 games, leading the team in goals. In three games with the Sharks, he had one assist.
Goodrow could compete for a spot on the Sharks’ roster at training camp, likely as a fourth liner, as the Sharks will look to their youth to help generate more offense.
"Barclay played a key role in the success of the Barracuda last season and we feel he took a step forward in his development," Sharks assistant general manager Joe Will said in a statement. "He took on more of a leadership role with the Barracuda and we look forward to him competing for a spot in the NHL this season."
Goodrow, a Toronto native, was originally signed by the Sharks as a free agent on March 16, 2014. He played 60 games with San Jose in 2014-15, posting 12 points (4g, 8a), but has played in just 17 NHL games the past two seasons.
Goodrow was the final restricted free agent that was qualified by the Sharks to sign an extension.
When it comes to playing teams in the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks of course know their opposition very well. When it comes to those teams over the on eastern seaboard, however, there's a little less familiarity.
Such is the case for their tilt Thursday night, as they take on the Sabres of the Atlantic Division. And given Buffalo has gone through a few changes since last season -- including the addition of No. 1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin -- this team will be even more different than the one the Sharks last played during the 2017 season.
"I probably only know half the team," Evander Kane, who played in Buffalo before being acquired by San Jose last season, told the media Thursday morning. "There's been a lot of turnover, through and since I was in Buffalo."
The Sharks newest arrival, Erik Karlsson, had something very similar to say. Although the defenseman played against the Sabres plenty of times while with the Ottawa Senators, this isn't the same team he faced in season's past.
"They're going through a little bit of a transition period," Karlsson said. "Played them a lot over the course of the years. But it's a totally different team now. Not what it used to be."
Rookie defenseman Dahlin, who scored his first NHL goal against the Arizona Coyotes last week, isn't the only new addition to the evolving Sabres squad. Forward Conor Sheary was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins during the off-season. He's currently ranked second on the team with four points in six games -- behind captain Jack Eichel's five points -- and currently leads the team with three goals on the power play.
Even with the changes to the roster, Kane told the media he expects the Sabres to come in and play a fast-paced game.
The Sharks and Sabres face off at 7:30 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning at 7 on NBC Sports California.
Logan Couture returned to Sharks' practice Wednesday as Team Teal gears up to host the Buffalo Sabres Thursday at SAP Center. The 29-year-old center collided with teammate Rourke Chartier in practice on Tuesday, but didn't look any worse for wear as he participated in full practice Wednesday.
But he wasn't the only Shark to return to action at morning skate. Here are a few tidbits from practice.
-Couture's linemate Tomas Hertl, who was reportedly absent from Tuesday's skate taking a maintanence day, returned to practice. He left after half an hour, but coach Peter DeBoer told the media afterwards he expects the 24-year-old forward to be ready to go for Thursday's game.
Kevin Labanc, who also took a maintenance day Tuesday, was not present at the following practice. DeBoer told the media the winger is fighting off a virus, and that he expects Labanc to be in th lineup against Buffalo as well.
-Team Teal spent a fair amount of time working on their power play during Wednesday's skate, no doubt looking to turn things around after going 2-for-21 on the man advantage in their first six games. But they aren't the only team at the Tank on Thursday evening who've experienced a power outage.
The Sabres experienced their own woes on the man advantage in their Tuesday evening 4-1 loss to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. In that bout, Buffalo went 0-for-6 on the power play and gave up a short-handed goal to Cody Eakin in the second stanza. This could potentially be good news for the Sharks, who have been more successful on the penalty kill through the six games they've played so far this season.
It will be imperative for the Sharks to not get into penalty trouble like they did against the New Jersey Devils and go to the box eight times. Conor Sheary and Jack Eichel make Buffalo's top power play unit primed to find the back of the net.