19. Memorable Moment: Colorado Avalanche Trade Tyson Barrie
With the Ottawa Senators’ first-round draft pick, the Colorado Avalanche selected another offensive defenseman, Bowen Byram. They now had four similar sort of players in their system — four in addition to Tyson Barrie.
The drafting of Byram pretty much meant the trade was going to happen. And we didn’t have to wait too long. On free agency day, Sakic made a couple moderate signings, then he pulled the trigger on trading everyone’s favorite rover.
The trade sent Barrie and Alexander Kerfoot to Toronto in exchange for Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosen. Colorado got the second-line center they hadn’t had since the Duchene trade.
Tyson Barrie was a fan favorite, and for good reason. Not only did he put up three 50-point season, and one other that was just a point shy, he was labeled a gentleman by sports writers and fans alike.
Barrie returned to Pepsi Center with his new teams, the Leafs, to probably the longest tribute video I’ve ever seen.
He left us so many memories. Best of luck to him.