According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet in Canada, Tyson Barrie is being shopped around the league by the Avalanche in potential trade talks.
Just one-year ago, Tyson Barrie was signed to a new four-year deal by the Avs, but after the worst season of his career and the worst season in for the Avalanche since moving to Denver, it might be inevitable for the two sides to separate.
“Tyson Barrie is available in a pure hockey deal. That’s what I’m told,” Friedman said while on the radio Friday with CHED 630 in Edmonton.
What does “pure hockey deal” mean, you ask? Well, it simply means that the Avs are looking for equal value to Barrie in an NHL level player — someone that can step in and contribute to the team right now. It means that Sakic is not willing to trade Barrie for just a package of prospects and/or draft picks.
A deal for Barrie could look like the Jonathan Drouin for Mikhail Sergachev that the Lightning and Canadiens pulled off on Thursday, or if you’re looking for an Avs trade comparison, think of maybe the Alex Tanguay or Jordan Leopold swap, or the Chris Drury for Derek Morris trade — however, in those cases the Avs were trading young forwards for defensemen; in this deal for Barrie, it really is uncertain what the Avs are looking for in return for him.
It could be more of a defensive defenseman like Travis Hamonic, or it could be for a flashy forward like Jordan Eberle from Edmonton…
According to multiple reports, the Avalanche are one of the handful of teams that have been discussing a possible trade with Edmonton involving Eberle. Bob McKenzie of TSN is saying that Jordan Eberle is expected to be traded by Saturday as the Oilers attempt to align their protection lists for the Expansion Draft.
Welcome to the offseason, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s see how Joe Sakic shapes this team back into a contender!