Three bad contracts the San Jose Sharks could take on for future assets

Nov 25, 2023; San Jose, California, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers (57) grabs San
Nov 25, 2023; San Jose, California, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers (57) grabs San / Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports
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Barclay Goodrow

This is an interesting one, because the former Shark wears a letter for the New York Rangers organization as an alternate captain, but Barclay Goodrow's contract remains somewhat undesirable for the original six team on the East Coast. With the Rangers flying high early in the season, there is some debate as to whether his cap hit could be put to better use in other areas of the roster.

Goodrow makes $3,641,667 against the cap for this season and the three after. With that kind of term, you can imagine the leverage a team would have to take on the deal and allow the Blueshirts to open up their cap structure to acquire a right winger that they sorely lack. But that doesn't mean Goodrow should come back to the Bay free of charge. There will be a price for taking on the contract the Rangers signed him to.

This is a player who has recorded a single goal and three helpers this season for his money, so the production isn't there for someone who deserves to be making as much money as he is. However, leadership and term will make him a valuable commodity at some point if the Sharks can get his production to increase. They got a first-round pick when they traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning years ago, so it's not unrealistic to suggest they could increase his value.

Suggest they were to get the 2024 second-round pick from the Rangers in exchange for taking on the contract, and include a young roster player like Zachary Jones to help the blueline out, it isn't a bad idea for the Sharks if they can get enough value to justify taking on this kind of deal. However, we've seen with guys like Mike Hoffman and Jan Rutta that this is a team capable of elevating the trade value of players it lands.