Rangers acquire Barclay Goodrow from Lightning in last-minute trade frenzy

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In a quest to add playoff experience and a top-six forward, the Rangers got both in Barclay Goodrow.

Now they’ll just have to keep him.

The Blueshirts acquired the 28-year-old Goodrow, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after winning his second straight Stanley Cup with the Lightning. The move was a last-minute trade that sent their 2022 seventh-round pick to Tampa Bay on Saturday before the NHL roster freeze period ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft.

Goodrow can play all three forward positions.

Barclay Goodrow; Brett Howden
Barclay Goodrow; Brett Howden
Getty, Anthony J. Causi

Additionally, the Rangers sent Brett Howden to the Golden Knights in exchange for Vegas’ 2022 fourth-round pick (originally belonging to the Jets) and impending free agent defenseman Nick DeSimone.

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The Golden Knights had to include a player in the deal to be compliant on their reserve list. The Rangers aren’t expected to re-sign DeSimone.

Free agency begins July 28.

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