Rangers sign 6-year pact with Barclay Goodrow; Bruins and Taylor Hall close to a deal – .

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Rangers sign 6-year pact with Barclay Goodrow; Bruins and Taylor Hall close to a deal – .


What will Goodrow’s role be with the Rangers?

Rick Carpiniello, battered Rangers writer: Goodrow’s contract is not ideal, especially the duration, but that’s what you get in unrestricted free agency. Goodrow is an ideal long distance player, but if he ends up playing on a line with Artemi Panarin, it will be a problem… and a stretch. Think of Bobby Holik from another era.

As the third row, whether on the wing or down the middle, Goodrow is exactly what the Rangers need, and of course Cup jewels don’t hurt.

He is a direct, physical and confrontational player whom the team lacks in numbers and which coach Gerard Gallant needs. He’s also a career 52% faceoff man, although he was exactly 50% last season and just under the previous two seasons.

What made Hall’s signing a priority for the Bruins?

Fluto Shinzawa, defeated Bruins writer: Hall was a very good fit as the No. 2 left winger after arriving from Buffalo.

The line remains moving as David Krejci has yet to say whether he will return to Boston or play in the Czech Republic in 2021-2022.

But regardless of who centers the line, the Bruins have identified Hall as a priority because of how well he has played in all three zones. Hall is also more of a long-term certainty than Jake DeBrusk, who might be on the move.

(Photo by Barclay Goodrow: François Lacasse / NHLI via Getty Images)

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