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Avs ‘confident’ they’ll reach deal with Barrie, says Sakic

Jul 24, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche and head coach Patrick Roy appear on the bench during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Colorado won 3-2.
(September 27, 2013 - Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

With the Ryan O’Reilly contract saga over, Colorado will now turn its attention to another key unsigned RFA — Tyson Barrie.

Though to hear executive VP of hockey ops Joe Sakic explain it, Barrie’s negotiations should be smoother than O’Reilly’s.

“I’m very confident we’ll get something done with Tyson,” Sakic said on Wednesday, per the Denver Post. Barrie, who turns 23 in two days, just wrapped the last of his three-year, $2.7 million entry-level deal (with a $900,000 annual cap hit) and should garner a decent raise with his new contract.

Colorado’s third-round pick (64th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Barrie had a quality campaign last year by scoring 38 points in 64 games. He did that despite spending chunks of October and November with AHL Lake Erie; extrapolated out over an 82-game regular season, Barrie — who scored at a 0.59 points-per-game clip — was on pace for a 48-point year.

Diminutive in stature but a gifted puck-mover, Barrie led all Avs d-men in goals last year, with 13, a number tied him for ninth among NHL blueliners (with Victor Hedman and Roman Josi.) He was knocked out of the playoffs by a Matt Cooke knee in the opening round, but recently revealed he’s fully recovered.


  1. avfanforlife - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    I’m thinking somewhere around 2.5 mil? 4 years? Thoughts?

    • jernster21 - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      1.8-2.5 range probably, for 2 years, maybe 3. He still hasn’t played a full season with the team and he needs to show he’s consistent at the very least…the Avs will know where he’s at in 2-3 years and can pony up for him after that.

      • avfanforlife - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        CapGeek shows 25 signed with 2.8 left in cap space… It’s getting tight! I think he’s worth over 2 for sure. Don’t know what is going to happen with Sarich…

      • hallsy86 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        They should trade Wilson for bag of pucks and that’ll free up another 2.25 million.

      • jernster21 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Wilson’s gone after this season anyway. Honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they put him on waivers after camp to try and get someone to pick him up ala Matt Hunwick and if not then they can call him up in a desperate move if necessary…at least he’ll be playing.

      • jernster21 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Sarich is a UFA and after his accident probably won’t play this year regardless.

      • avscup - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Agreed. Has spent most of his time in Lake Erie. Lots of potential but that doesn’t garner a huge deal.

      • norskhelgen - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Ugh…don’t remind me of Wilson. I swear the guy couldn’t slap a puck for the life of him. Watch out for those devastating wrist shots from the point that you could with your bare hand…

  2. govtminion - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Pay the kid. I’m just glad he’s okay after that hit, glad he’s healthy for camp.

  3. lightning79 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    One of the better up and coming Offensive Dmen in the NHL. Wouldn’t mind him on my Lightnings, considering his Dad was the worst owners in the NHL history. (He didn’t have any money) lol

  4. canada2014gold - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I like this kid, another cheap Cook hit that will prob shorten this kids career down the line

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