Oilers sign defenceman Tyson Barrie to one-year, $3.75M deal


The Edmonton Oilers have signed defender Tyson Barrie to a one-year deal worth $3.75 million.

The 29-year-old is coming off a one-year stint in Toronto that saw him post 39 points through 70 games as a Maple Leaf, averaging 21:53 minutes of ice per night.

That campaign came after an eight-year run in Colorado in which Barrie topped the 50-point plateau on three occasions and amassed 307 points in all.

Overall, the Victoria, B.C., native has averaged more than 21 minutes per night for each of the past six seasons, and has racked up the ninth-most power-play points of any defender in the NHL over that span.

That figures to be a key aspect of the role he’ll fill in Edmonton, as the Oilers find themselves in need of a new power-play quarterback with usual man-advantage facilitator Oscar Klefbom likely out for the year with a shoulder injury.