January 18, 2018 | 9:58pm ET
AVS MAY NOT TRADE BARRIE MID-SEASON
Tyson Barrie, defenceman
There has been plenty of chatter surrounding the future of defenceman Tyson Barrie in Colorado, as the Avalanche has received plenty of inquiries from rival teams.
Barrie, current out until early-to-mid February with a broken hand, has two-years left on his contract after this season and comes with a $5.5 million annual salary cap hit.
The 26-year-old right-handed defenceman has attracted plenty of interest, with the Toronto Maple Leafs coming close to acquiring him last summer, but trade talks haven’t been overly stimulating with any team so far this season.
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic is not overly eager to part with Barrie, but is certainly willing to listen and if a team, be if the Leafs or another, comes to him with a tremendous offer, he’ll pull the trigger.
Avs beat reporter Mike Chambers of the Denver Post believes Barrie’s future lies in the hands of the development of young blueliners Conor Timmins or Cale Makar. If the team feels both players can legitimately battle for a roster position next season, Sakic may be more inclined to trade Barrie – whether that happens before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, though, is another question.
The Avs are in the playoff hunt, right now, but Sakic won’t take that for granted – if the right deal comes along, he’ll make the move.
Barrie currently sits #15 on the TFP Top 30 Available Players List.