Coming down to the wire, the Colorado Avalanche and Tyson Barrie have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension. Per Elliotte Friedman, the deal will come with a $5.5 million cap hit.
The numbers for Tyson Barrie’s arbitration hearing were likely to be released within the hour of the deal being signed. During the arbitration process, the Colorado Avalanche argued that Barrie deserved a two-year deal worth $4 million in year one and $4.25 million in year two. Barrie was looking for a one-year deal at $6 million
Over the last two seasons, Barrie has been one of the best point producers from the back-end in the entire NHL. During the 2014-15 season, Barrie played in 80 games and scored 12 goal and 53 points and finished the year with a plus-5 rating. Last season, Barrie posted 13 goals and 49 points in 78 games, but his plus/minus numbers took a serious hit as he finished with a minus-17 rating.
While Barrie’s ability on the defensive side of the puck might be questionable, there’s no denying his effectiveness. Scoring 13, 12, and 13 goals in the last three seasons respectively, while also boasting solid awareness and durability, Barrie is the type of player that all 30 teams in the NHL would love to have. At just 25-years-old, Barrie looks like he could be a big-time player for years to come.
Brandon Share-Cohen has covered the NHL and various professional sports for six years. Working with The Hockey Writers, Brandon works extensively on covering the Boston Bruins in addition to his role as the News Team Lead.