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Columnist: Schultz deal might complicate Avs’ talks with RFA Barrie

Aug 31, 2014, 8:26 PM EST

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Defenseman Tyson Barrie might have been very happy when the news broke that Justin Schultz had agreed to a one-year, $3.657 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Barrie, who remains a restricted free agent, is in a similar position with the Colorado Avalanche in the sense that he’s an offensive defenseman who is coming off of his entry-level deal and is likely to end up with a bridge contract. Barrie and Schultz have put up similar career numbers in terms of goals and points.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post previously felt that Barrie’s contract would be in the range of $2.4 million to $3.5 million annually, but he’s re-evaluating those figures in light of what Schultz got.

Colorado has roughly $4.3 million in cap space, per Cap Geek, so a fear of exceeding the ceiling isn’t likely to prevent the Avalanche from re-signing him. At the same time, Colorado has previously talked about its desire to maintain a structure that leaves the team with enough flexibility to make moves over the course of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the start of training camp is less than three weeks away.

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  1. roblo76 - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Oilers could **** up a wet dream.

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Interesting, We hear about Barrie and CBJ’s Johnson, but nothing about another key RFA – Nono Niedrerriter.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Yes, I actually know who I meant – I’m 1st team PHT – posters with the most typos :(((

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Nienerniener is a forward though. I’m not sure how much of an influence this would have on his situation.

  4. paulerhythm - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Nice dilemma the Avs are in. To sign Barrie at the level of Schultz knowing that Barrie is one big hit away from long – term I is possible…

    • paulerhythm - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      IR frigging auto correct!

  5. johnmr12 - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Give me Barrie over Schultz every day of the week, and twice on sunday.

  6. jernster21 - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Barrie had a good season and is on the verge of becoming a very important player for the Avs, however, he’s not in a position to be demanding whatever he wants in negotiations. He’s never played a full season with the Avs through his entry level deal, lest we forget that he was sent back to the minors early in the season last year…it was a bit of a wake up call because if he didn’t come back and perform he may very well have seen himself get traded and/or his value severely drop. If he’s not in camp then Stefan Elliott will take his spot so he’s not really doing himself any favors by playing the money game.

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