Mon. Oct 14th, 2019

Who is Tyson Barrie?

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To a lot of Colorado Avalanche fans, the name Tyson Barrie is very familiar and puts a smile on his or her face because of how good of an offensive defenseman he is. To a majority of Maple Leafs fans, the name Tyson Barrie gives them hope and a response along the lines of, “ I don’t know yet”. This article will take a deeper dive into the blue liners career and what to expect from him going forward in what could be his first and last season as a member of the Blue and White. 

Early Stages

As a member of the Kelowna Rockets, Tyson Barrie recorded a total of 225 points in 249 WHL games as a defenseman. This caught many scouts’ eyes and thus he was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round, 64th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Years later in 2011 he was selected to Canada’s National Junior Team and was among the team’s top players during the tournament recording four points in seven games and taking home the silver medal. 

Colorado Avalanche Days

Barrie got his first call up for the Avs during the 2011/12 campaign and made his NHL debut on February 7 in a 5–2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center. The next year in the shortened season, he made the team’s opening night roster. In his fifth game of the season, a 4–3 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild on February 14, Barrie registered his first NHL point with an assist on a goal by Milan Hejduk. He scored his first NHL goal four days later in a 6–5 victory over the Nashville Predators. In the 2013/14 season, Barrie was in the final year of his rookie contract. During the same season, Barrie was sent down to the AHL, to regain confidence and conditioning, within the first month of the season;  this would be his final AHL stint. 

At the end of the season Barrie became a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) and on September 4, 2014, Barrie signed a new two-year contract with the Avalanche worth $5.2 million which would be the first of two contracts he would ink up with the Avs. Two years later Barrie led all Colorado defenseman in scoring with 13 goals and 49 points, also collecting 21 power play points. He needed a new deal to keep him in Colorado but was an RFA once again and was the only player that season to proceed through salary arbitration. Both the Avs and Barrie settled a new four-year, $22 million contract. Tyson Barrie was a big part of the blue line for Colorado and his numbers and stats prove that he’s one of the best top talents in Avs history. 

  • Recorded a career-high 11-game point streak in 2018, the longest by a defenceman in Avalanche history.
  • His 59 points in the 2018/19 season were the most by an Avalanche defenceman since Ray Bourque scored 59 points in 2001. 
  • Ranks ninth in assists (232) and points (307) in Avalanche history. 
  • Most goals (75), assists (232), points (307) and GWG (18) by a defenseman in Avalanche history.  

November 23rd is Barrie’s homecoming and teammates and fans of the team will definitely be giving him a standing ovation and applause for his unreal years with the Colorado Avalanche.  

Toronto Maple Leafs

Tyson Barrie began to be featured in trade rumours due to the emergence of young Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard, Cale Makar, and Bowen Byram last season and  was traded along with Alex Kerfoot on July 1st to the Maple Leafs. Colorado also retained 50% of Barrie’s cap hit as part of the trade meaning that Barrie’s cap hit this season will be $2.75 million. Even though this could be his first and last season with the Blue and White, Barrie will fit in well with this young team and be a big part of the offensive production on the blue line. 

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