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New York Rangers have placed Barclay Goodrow on waivers – Troy Record

FILE – New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow (21) plays against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, April 5, 2024, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. The New York Rangers have placed Goodrow on waivers as the first step in their offseason plan. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

By STEPHEN WHYNO (AP Hockey Writer)

The New York Rangers waived Barclay Goodrow on Tuesday, the first step of an offseason plan to free up salary cap space and prepare for another deep playoff run.

Goodrow has signed a contract for three more seasons, with an annual cap hit of $3.6 million. That will be off the books if any of the NHL’s other 31 teams claim him.

If Goodrow clears waivers, the Rangers have options to trade him or buy out the final three years of his contract. A buyout would save them $3.9 million next season, $2.6 million in 2025-26 and $139,000 in 2026-27, before costing an additional $1.1 million over the next three seasons through 2030.

Goodrow, 31, was a valuable depth center during several long playoff runs dating back to San Jose’s trip to the Western Conference finals in 2019. He played a key role on Tampa Bay’s back-to-back Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2020 and ’21, helping New York reach the Eastern Conference finals in ’22 and this postseason before losing to Florida.

The Toronto native has 169 points in 572 regular-season games and 24 points in 97 playoff games since his league debut in 2014.