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Avalanche re-sign Barrie — two years, $5.2 million

Sep 4, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche can now say they’ve got their “summer to-do list” completed now.

The team announced they’ve re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Tyson Barrie to a two-year deal. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the deal is worth $2.6 million per season – good for a $5.2 million overall haul and a solid bridge deal for both sides.

At 23 years old, Barrie had a breakout season in 2013-14. He had career-highs in goals (13) and points (38). He also played in a career-high 64 games and was a key player for them in the postseason against the Minnesota Wild until he suffered a knee injury in Game 3 via Matt Cooke.

Barrie began to emerge as one of Colorado’s best and most consistent defensemen late in the season as he saw his ice time and responsibilities increase. Now he’ll be set to be one of the leaders on the Avs blue line, a group that could use more steady play from everyone.

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