It’s apparent that the Toronto native is good in terms of his leadership role. Teams that need that kind of player to guide their youngsters don’t always realize it and in the struggle to make the playoffs the first-year expectations are placed on the team after a rebuild and the Ottawa Senators embody that. They need leadership and who is better than an Ontario-born multiple-time Stanley Cup champion?
Ottawa has enough forward talent to go toe to toe with anyone in hockey. They’ve made major adjustments on the backend to improve their team recently and someone who can bring them winning habits and guide them through the dog days with the same motivation they have at the beginning of the season could very easily help the Senators make a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 6 years.
A proven winner like Goodrow could also help a new owner in Ottawa believe in his team and put more faith in the current management. Players with cup rings have value beyond the ice because they know what it takes to be the best and to beat the best. Barclay Goodrow has multiple rings and players with multiple are very few and far between, so what he could bring to a young team like Ottawa could make a large difference to a new owner.
This is a good fit for the Rangers because they just are not going to run into the Senators in the playoffs. If the Rangers win the division, there is a slim chance depending on if the Sens are able to get into the postseason, but with the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes still, formidable forces and teams like Washington and Pittsburgh trying to rebound with a Columbus team that is not going to have an ungodly amount of injuries again, it’s not a certainty.