Goligoski signed a five-year contract with the Coyotes on Tuesday, which will net him an average salary of just under $5.5 million, NHL.com reports. The Coyotes acquired Goligoski's rights from the Stars earlier in the week, which has now paid off, as the two sides agreed to a five-year contract on Tuesday. The contract is reportedly worth just below $5.5 million per year, which was enough to keep Goligoski out of the free agent pool. The 30-year-old veteran notched five goals and 32 assists with the Stars last season and was set to be one of the top defenseman available, so it's a solid pick-up for the Coyotes, who are looking to bounce back from a 2015-16 campaign which ended without a trip to the playoffs.
Goligoski was traded to the Coyotes on Thursday in exchange for a fifth-round selection in this year's draft. Goligoski is a veteran defenseman capable of logging big minutes. Additionally, he's mobile and has supreme on-ice awareness, as evidenced by the 32 helpers he produced over a full season in 2015-16. The 30-year-old is due for a new contract as he just finished out a four-year, $18.4 million deal and is a pending unrestricted free agent.
Goligoski scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in Saturday's 4-1 loss to St. Louis. Goligoski only had five goals all season, so he's really found another level this postseason. He's the Stars' leading scorer from the blue line, ahead of the more offensively-gifted John Klingberg. But Goligoski is minus-6 this postseason and the Stars are on the brink of elimination.
Goligoski (illness) is in the projected lineup for Thursday's Game 1 playoff match against the visiting Wild, the Dallas Morning News reports. Goligoski reportedly missed practice Tuesday, but there's been no doubt that he'll be available for the Stars' playoff opener. A puck mover who is smooth on his skates, Goligoski should be out there on the blue line, forming a top pairing with John Klingberg.
Goligoski sat out of Tuesday's practice with an illness, reports NHL.com's Mark Stepneski. There's no indication at this point that he will miss Thursday's postseason opener against the Wild. Goligoski had been practicing alongside John Klingberg on the team's top pairing. He's expected to be ready to go, but there's been some sickness shuffling its way through their locker room. It's worth keeping an eye on.
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