The Colorado Avalanche were a tire fire last season. The fire sale is going to be immaculate, with Joe Sakic slinging former prospect prodigies for Monopoly money and gummy worms. One player that has been rumored to be available is Tyson Barrie.
The Avalanche have some expansion draft footwork to do. They have four defensemen worthy of protection, and more than four forwards to protect as well. The obvious solution is to ship a defenseman, and Tyson Barrie’s name has been thrown around often in the past.
Barrie is only 25-years-old, with 338 NHL games under his belt. In those games, Barrie has scored 47 goals and 144 assists and also plays big minutes for Colorado, averaging over 20 minutes per night. He has proven himself to be one of the better young defensemen in the league.
For the Rangers to get Barrie, there are hoops to go through. The Rangers were in on calls last summer when Barrie was up for grabs, but no deal was ever made. Barrie resigned with the Avalanche for $22 million over four years. The Rangers would have to dump a couple of big contracts to be able to afford Barrie and the rest of their big offseason plans.