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Barlcay Goodrow turns down AHL offer from Wings, heads back to North Bay

I witnessed Ken Holland, Ryan Martin and Jiri Fischer have "a talk" with camp try-out Barclay Goodrow on Monday, and 100% of the time, that's a "fish or cut bait" sign, but I chose not to ask them about their discussion as I'm still a little overly polite. Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager found out what happened via the North Bay-Nippising News...

Captain Barclay Goodrow is to join the team Thursday, the eve of the Battalion’s Ontario Hockey League regular-season opener on the road against the Kingston Frontenacs.

Right winger Goodrow, who has been in camp with the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings, informed Stan Butler, Battalion director of hockey operations and head coach, via telephone of the impending return.

“He was offered an American Hockey League contract but decided to play an overage year in North Bay instead,” said Butler.

And Goodrow confirmed that he's heading back to the OHL for one more season on Twitter:

Regrettably, the Wings have 50 men on their 50-man roster at present, so they can't make an offer to anyone that doesn't involve spending time at the AHL or ECHL level. Goodrow was a fine "power center," but the Wings are pretty stocked up front as well as on defense, and I hope Barclay made the best decision for him--and that I see him at next year's summer development camp.

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Primis's avatar

Let’s see… spend a year in the AHL with the defending-Calder champs where you can really prove yourself and the Red Wings could still keep an eye on you….  or go back to junior as an overager and face possibly only getting something like only an ECHL deal (or worse) next season.

What he’s saying is he think he can nab an NHL deal from someone after a year as an overager.  Highly unlikely.

If he thought he could come into camp and get one of DET’s 50 contracts, he’s not a very bright bulb.  Sorry but, truth.

Posted by Primis on 09/17/13 at 12:09 PM ET

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