The Colorado Avalanche have finally locked up their last remaining restricted free agent. The team announced Thursday that they have signed defenseman Tyson Barrie to a two-year contract. While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, it is reportedly worth $5.2 million.
"Tyson is a big part of the young nucleus of our team," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. "He is a gifted young defenseman who brings a lot of offense. We are pleased to have him under contract and look forward to his contribution this upcoming season.”
The 23-year-old Barrie led all Avalanche blueliners with 13 goals last season. In 64 games, he had 38 points and was plus-17. He added two points in three playoff contests, before he had his season ended early due to a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke.
A third round selection (64th overall) by the Avs in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Barrie has played in 106 games for the franchise; scoring 51 points. The Victoria, BC native will make $2 million next season, and $3.2 million in 2015-2016.
The two-year bridge deal should not come as a surprise. They have done similar deals in the past with both Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene. While Barrie’s stats were impressive last season, he was also demoted to the AHL for a short time.
The Avalanche will also see another familiar face return to the organization, as forward Tomas Vincour is reportedly coming back after spending last season with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL. Vincour was acquired from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Cameron Gaunce in 2013.