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Sakic on RFA Barrie: ‘I’m confident he’ll be here’

Aug 22, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche are so close to having all their business wrapped up for the summer.

The team has one restricted free agent left to re-sign in defenseman Tyson Barrie. At 23 years old, he’s got a bright future ahead of him and showed the Avs how vital he can be last season.

According to Colorado’s president of hockey operations Joe Sakic, they’ll have Barrie back in the fold sooner than not as Mike Chambers of The Denver Post shared.

“I’m confident he’ll be here,” Sakic said. That sentiment from Sakic isn’t any different from what he said a month ago when he was “confident” they would get a deal done.

Last season, Barrie had a breakout season with 13 goals and 38 points in 64 games. He was a key player for them in the first round of the playoffs against the Minnesota Wild until he was taken out of action by Matt Cooke.

With the Avs not making any big moves on defense in the offseason, they’re banking on Barrie to come back from his knee injury in full health and to pick up where he left off.

  1. avfanforlife - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    I think I speak for all AV fans when I say, “Hurry up already!” I think (and I may be wrong) that he has the same agent as ROR. Is that the issue? I am wondering how his knee is doing and if that may be a reason for the delay. Not much news on Tanguay’s healing process either. We all just want to hear that they are both 100% and Barrie is signed and happy!!

  2. andyhark - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    would it be out of the question for the avs to resign barrie and also trade for a top 4 defenseman before the season begins? still feel even with barrie re-signing, the defense is going to be what prevents us having a deep playoff run

    • avfanforlife - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      It seems as though they are happy with the D as it is now… Stuart, Gervais, and Redmond additions… and Johnson, Barrie, Elliot, Wilson, Hjeida make a pretty decent group, but Varly is gonna have to be spectacular again this season. Plus who do we trade away?

    • mackattack29 - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      I’ve been saying this over and over again, every single Avs fan is going to be pleasantly surprised at what a GREAT addition Redmond is. We’re talking about having a REAL top 4. A respectable one. EJ-Barrie/Stuart and Redmond-Barrie/Stuart. That is a top 4 that once they all start clicking could be very solid. And then if Holden can continue his solid play and chip in offensively. And also a healthy Hejda is always great no matter what age. That’s 6 d-men right there that I’m more confident in than any d-core in the past five years for the Avs. I think we could absolutely make some noise in the playoffs with them.

  3. blomfeld - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    “Always be kindly to those who are less fortunate” … Psalm 27:4

    As an ardent, sexy and values-driven supporter of planet Earth’s greatest professional ice hockey team (LA Kings), I find myself ‘inclined’ to offer my best wishes to the Colorado Avalanche and their fans … take care friends and God speed, comrade Blomfeld

    • avfanforlife - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      And another thread stopped by the Blomtroll.

  4. andyhark - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:21 AM

    true there isn’t much in the way of trade bait. will see how redmond/gervais does. could be much the same as the holden/guenin revelations last year. a very pleasant surprise

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