Colorado’s Barrie generating tons of interest
Recently, reports came out from Elliotte Friedman that Tyson Barrie is likely to be moved by the Colorado Avalanche this summer.
“Knowing the way they finished their year, I’ve got to think it’s very likely he moves on.”
The 24 year old defenseman was a third round pick in 2009 and has spent parts of five seasons with Colorado, accumulating 264 total games.
The swift, two-way defender will have no shortage of suitors if he does decide to move on. Being a restricted free agent, Colorado holds the power, but Barrie is still in a good situation. Most of the teams with the most interest in him will be lower-level teams looking for another top four defenseman to help them breakout (both on the ice and in the standings). Buffalo, Edmonton, and Arizona all will be heavily in the running. However, some teams at the top, such as Dallas and the Rangers, will look at him as well.
Barrie would fit nicely into all of these squads. He posted relatively good possession numbers on an abysmal Avalanche team, and a large majority of his teammates were better with Barrie than without. For teams like Arizona, Buffalo, and Edmonton, Barrie becomes an instant game changer. The immediate effect of Barrie may be more subtle on a team like Dallas or the Rangers, but he would still do wonders for any.
In the end, there will be more than two handfuls of teams with serious interest in Tyson Barrie. His contract demands will be high, but defensemen like him do not hit the open trading market very often. This is a fantastic chance for teams to speed up their ascent to the top with a young, top defenseman.
There will be talks over the next few weeks, but I wouldn’t expect anything to get done until the draft.