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Avs RFA Barrie hopes to build upon strong finish

Aug 18, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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On paper, the Colorado Avalanche have nine NHL-ready defensemen under contract already. That hurts RFA defenseman Tyson Barrie‘s leverage quite a bit, but a strong finish to the 2013-14 season indicates that the Avs should ante up anyway.

After scoring eight points in 25 games from October through December, Barrie really took off once 2014 rolled around. He scored 30 of 38 points from last season once the calendar hit 2014 (and all 13 of his Avalanche defensemen-leading goals happened during that span).

The 2014 postseason seemed like an opportunity for Barrie to gain some mainstream recognition until Matt Cooke intervened,  but Barrie told NHL.com that he hopes to only build on that strong finish, even if he lacks a new contract with Colorado as of this writing.

“It’s frustrating, but we’ve got such a good young team here,” Barrie said. “Hopefully I’ll be a part of it for a long time and we can make some noise in the playoffs in the future.”

At 23, it’s hard to deny the likelihood of Barrie making quite a bit more noise himself.

(H/T to The Score.)

  1. govtminion - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    VERY glad this kid has rebounded from that injury, I was worried he might have trouble returning to 100% after that mess. This is definitely the Avs’ secret weapon, it was a lot of fun to watch him on the few occasions I got to last season.

  2. avfanforlife - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Makes all the difference in the world when you coach encourages offense from your D…
    Barrie really learned how and when to sneak in and find an open spot for the quick shot. Let’s sign this kid and play some hockey!

  3. wutangwild - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Good to hear he’s recovering nicely. That opening game against the Avs is gonna be a good one!

    • avfanforlife - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      First 2 games back-to-back in Mn then in CO… Fun stuff!

  4. i1theinternet - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Our best offensive defenseman since the heyday of J-M Liles and clutch down the stretch. Sign him already!

  5. numba1wiscosportsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Methinks the Avs could use a DEFENSIVE defenceman eh?

  6. mnwildandcaps8 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I can’t wait for the Wild/Avs game at the start of the season. I am glad that this rivalry is getting rekindled with two young and up in coming teams. Barrie will be a solid defenseman for the Avs. Can’t believe they haven’t resigned him already but I am also surprised that El Niño hasn’t gotten a new deal yet either. There is still plenty of time though.

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