The last of the arbitration worthy players, defenseman Tyson Barrie, actually made it to the hearing process, but on Sunday afternoon, it was announced that the two sides had come to an agreement, not long before the arbitrator made their ruling. Barrie was the only player to make it to the process, which may or may not have helped the process, as the two sides came to a 4-year, $22 million deal.
Barrie, 25, is coming off another great season, albeit not his best, but still a pretty good outing in the 2016 season. In 78 games, he finished with 13 goals and 49 points, ranking 14th among all blueliners in scoring.
His career-high in points came in the 2015 season, where he picked up 53 points for the Avalanche and I think Barrie could lift his game back up to that level for the 2017 season, as I have him currently projected in the 55-point range, which should mean he'll be a top end pick, thanks to the onus on blueliners this pool has had in the last few years.
There was a lot of chatter about Barrie being held out there as trade bait, because of his potential cap hit and the $5.5 million per season does take a significant chunk out of what the Avalanche had to work with, as they now feature a projected 23-man lineup, in colour below, that only has about $630,000 left in cap space. At this point, it would be somewhat silly for the Avalanche to start dealing a top two defenseman like Barrie, since they have it all fitting into place today, but he would be the easiest to move, given his upside and his age, because a team would certainly welcome a deal like this one under their roof.
|Nathan MacKinnon||6.300||Erik Johnson||6.000||Semyon Varlamov||5.900|
|Matt Duchene||6.000||Tyson Barrie||5.500|
|Gabriel Landeskog||5.500||Francois Beauchemin||4.500|
|John Mitchell||1.800||Fedor Tyutin||2.000||Calvin Pickard||1.000|
|Cody McLeod||1.333||Eric Gelinas||1.575|
|Rocco Grimaldi||0.925||Nikita Zadorov||0.894|
|J.T. Compher||0.925||Patrick Wiercioch||0.800|
|A.J. Greer||0.742||Chris Bigras||0.874||Spencer Martin||0.925|
|Julien Nantel||0.680||Duncan Siemens||0.874||Jeremy Smith||0.600|
|Troy Bourke||0.632||Sergei Boikov||0.682|
|Reid Petryk||0.623||Mason Geertsen||0.650|
|Trent Vogelhuber||0.613||Cody Corbett||0.617|
|Jim O'Brien||0.600||Ryan Stanton||0.600|
|Mike Sislo||0.600||Mat Clark||0.600|
|Samuel Henley||0.587||Joe Whitney||0.600|
Pool worthy, non-pool roster players, assumed roster fill-ins, injured/retired cap hits, in the system