Avalanche fans can rest easy! Breakout offensive defenseman, clutch goal savant, and fan-favorite Tyson Barrie has a shiny new 2-year contract, as announced by the Avalanche earlier this afternoon. Elliotte Friedman released the financials, stating that Barrie will earn $5.2M over the next two years ($2M this year, $3.2M next year). Barrie led Colorado’s defenseman with 13 goals, and added in 25 assists over 64 games. His 38 points trailed only Erik Johnson on the team.
Barrie made a name for himself with his ability to initiate and join the rush from the back-end, and is a terrific compliment to the Avs young nucleus of speedy forwards. He also had a knack for being a hero, tying a team record with 3 overtime game winning goals.
This is a big win for the Avalanche, and while I was always confident Barrie would be signed and in camp, some Avs fans had to be getting nervous, considering the O’Reilly holdout two years ago. Barrie is represented by Newport Sports Management, the same guys that O’Reilly is represented by. Glad to see both sides step up this time around, and get the player signed. Lengthy holdouts into the season are no fun for anyone.
I advocated that the Avs should lock Barrie up long-term, however, am happy with this deal. The $2.6M dollar cap hit is very friendly for the Avs, and while they may have to show Barrie the money in a few years, a bridge deal gives both sides a chance to really evaluate his value. The deal looks especially favorable considering Justin Shultz just landed $3.675M from the Oilers for next season. I’d take Barrie right now as the better player. The ice at Pepsi Center is painted! Everyone is under contract! Bring on training camp!