Tyson Barrie has signed a four-year, $22 million extension with the Colorado Avalanche.
The new deal has an annual average value of $5.5 million. The two sides had an arbitration hearing July 29 but settled before the award was announced.
Interestingly, Barrie was the only player in the National Hockey League this offseason who actually made it to arbitration. The other 24 cases headed for arbitration were settled before the hearings.
Barrie, drafted by Colorado in the third round (64th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, is coming off his third consecutive strong offensive season, scoring 13 goals and 49 points in 78 regular-season games. He finished with 53 points in 2014-2015 and 38 points in 64 games in 2013-2014. He has 40 goals and 153 points in 264 career regular-season games.
Barrie has now shown that he is a premier offensive defenseman and that he is capable of putting up 40-50 points consistently, especially as he enters his prime. That makes this deal a positive move for both sides. Barrie gets close to the $6 million figure he was looking for and the Avalanche get a decent term of four seasons out of the settlement. The team retains the talented 25-year-old defenseman, and he gets to settle in rather than play for a new contract every season.
Shockingly, Barrie’s name has been tossed around a lot in the NHL rumor mill leading up to today’s signing. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic has consistently insisted the Avalanche would not trade Barrie and that the team wanted to reach a deal with him. However, Barrie has been linked to many teams looking for help on defense. Today’s deal should silence most of those rumors.
The Avalanche know that securing a young defenseman with the skill-set of Tyson Barrie to this type of contract is money well spent. As a result of the deal, Colorado is tight for cap space with less than $1 million to spend. Moves will be made. But Barrie is a core player for the Avalanche, and it would be silly to trade him.
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