The Colorado Avalanche and their fans received great news on the front of Ryan O’Reilly, signing the forward to a two-year deal worth $12-million and avoiding arbitration. The team also made up for the loss of Paul Stastny by signing forwards Daniel Briere, Jarome Iginla, and also adding a top-four defenseman in Brad Stuart. However, they have one thing left to do: re-sign defenseman Tyson Barrie.
Barrie, 22, burst onto the scene during the 2013-14′ season as the 3rd-round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche made his mark. In 64 games played, Barrie accounted for 38 points, recording 13 goals and 25 assists — earning a plus/minus rating of +17.
Tyson was a key contributor on the Avalanche power-play unit where he collected 10 points, 4 goals and 6 assists. Barrie was a key part of the Colorado Avalanche game one victory over the Minnesota Wild in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording two assists in a 5-4 overtime victory.
However, during game three of the series in Minnesota, one certain player for the Wild who I will not name, ended Barrie’s season for good going knee-to-knee with Tyson who tried clearing the puck out of the Avs’ zone. Barrie’s presence both offensively and on the defensive unit were missed the rest of the series.