Saturday, August 13, 2016

Alex Goligoski Jersey And Autograph Card

Right before the 2016 draft, the Dallas Stars traded impending unrestricted free agent Alex Goligoski to the Arizona Coyotes for a fifth rounder; that they traded his rights meant they didn't have the impression that he would re-sign with the offensive powerhouse team, but that they couldn't get a second-rounder back means they didn't think the Coyotes had much of a shot, either.

It turns out Coyotes GM John Chayka did a hell of a job selling his team and all of Arizona (considering no one knows where the team will play past next season), because Goligoski signed a five-year deal to help Oliver Ekman-Larsson anchor the team's blue line while helping develop their young talent.

A Stanley Cup winner in his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008-09,Goligoski has become a dependable offensive blue liner who isn't bad in his own end; he posted 37 points in 82 games last season and another 7 points in 13 playoff games as the Stars were one win away from the Western Conference Finals, although Game 7 against the St. Louis Blues was by no means close.

The 31-year-old plays a safe game and should not regress for the duration of his contract, which makes him Chayka's first consensus good signing.

Here's an "all dressed" card of his from his days with the Pens, on card #75 from Upper Deck's 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Premier set, featuring no less than four jersey swatches (two white, two black) and an on-card autograph signed in blue sharpie:
Don't get fooled by the claim on the front of the card (Authentic Game Used), however, as the back of the card specifies the jersey was worn in a rookie photo shoot:
Oh well, mistakes happen, I guess.

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