The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Tyson Barrie to a four-year deal worth $22 million. It is a considerable upgrade from his previous contract signed in 2014, which paid him $2.6 million per season.
Tyson Barrie and COL sign a four-year deal with a $5.5M AAV
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 31, 2016
Tyson Barrie Signs Extension with Avalanche
During the 2015-2016 season, Barrie played 78 regular games for the Avalanche, during which he accumulated 13 goals and 36 assists, a slight decrease from his 2014-2015 totals of 12 and 41, respectively. In addition to his 49 points, he finished with a career high 23:12 TOI, 84 blocked shots, 172 shots, and led the entire defensive core with 244:22 power play ice time logged. On the man advantage, he totalled three goals, 21 points, and 53 5v4 shots, leading the Colorado defense by a large margin. In fact, just two players tallied double digit point totals on the power play and four in terms of total points overall.
Barrie has tallied three straight seasons of double digit goal totals racking up 45+ points the past two campaigns. Despite being a dynamic offensive playmaker, the 25-year old Victoria native has his struggles defensively, committing 59 giveaways to lead the team. He also falls victim to Colorado’s awful possession system that ranked dead last in the league at 44.19% CF% as a team. The past three seasons has seen their CF% team ranking fall from 25th in ’13-14, to 29th in ’14-15, and finally to the bottom this year. Barrie, a product of the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets, was the 64th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Avalanche. After spending two more years in the minors, he received his first call-up in 2012 and became a regular feature for the club during the 2013-2014 season.
DENVER, CO – APRIL 09: Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie at Pepsi Center on April 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. the Ducks defeated the Avalanche 5-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)