The Colorado Avalanche successfully signed defenseman Tyson Barrie to a two year, $5.2m contract last week. Barrie will earn $2.6m per season under the new deal.
The 23-year-old defenseman finished eighth in points overall last season with 13 goals and 25 assists for the Avs. That point tally saw him finish second in points for defenseman just one point behind teammate Erik Johnson.
This was an excellent signing for the Colorado Avalanche. Barrie has loads of potential and has proven he can score goals. He reads the game really well, isn’t afraid to take chances and is used to playing a lot of minutes.
Last season, Barrie averaged just over 18 minutes per game. Barrie tallied 14 of his 38 points on the powerplay as well. Therefore, I believe this kid will easily get to 40 points or more this season.
Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic is delighted with this signing. Now with the contract signed Tyson Barrie can focus on improving his skills and lifting his team to victory.
The Colorado Avalanche will be a very difficult team to beat again this season. The organization has lost quite a few key players in the off-season. Paul Stasny and Jean Sebastian Giguere are just a couple examples. However, I believe the players that this organization has brought in will certainly help with those losses.
The additions of Jarome Iginla and Daniel Brier will provide the team with leadership experience and dependable secondary scoring options. Brier will be a huge help on the penalty kill and Iginla will either use his fists to change the momentum of a game or he’ll be scoring powerplay goals.
Veteran defenseman Brad Stuart will be one of the anchors in the Avalanche defense this season. The 34 year old was acquired from the Sharks in July in exchange for some draft picks. I really hope that Stuart will get to play alongside Erik Johnson at some point this season. All these additions will help the younger players improve their game and provide head Coach Patrick Roy with more depth within his roster.
Even with these veteran additions, Roy will still be leaning heavily on the younger players to provide most of the goals. However, I’m confident Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog Ryan O’ Reilly and Nathan MacKinnon will be up to the task. These four combined for a massive point total of 262 points last season.
They’re all used to Roy’s tactics now and if goalie Semyon Varlamov can have a bounce-back season, this team will have another long playoff campaign this season.