The deadline for the Colorado Avalanche and restricted free agent Tyson Barrie to get a deal done prior to arbitration is fast approaching. The Avalanche and the 25-year-old defenseman have until 7 a.m. MT Friday.
Barrie is seeking a one-year, $6 million contract, per Elliotte Friedman of Canada’s Sportsnet. The Avalanche, on the other hand, will offer a two-year deal worth $8.25 million in total money.
If no deal gets done before Friday morning, the arbiter will hear arguments from both sides and then set a salary within 48 hours.
Barrie was one of the top attacking defensemen in the NHL last year, scoring 13 goals and dishing out 36 assists. Working against him, though, is his size; Barrie stands 5-foot-10 and is listed at 190 pounds.
He’s entering his sixth NHL season, all of which have been with Colorado.