Avalanche and Tyson Barrie get deal done hours before arbitration closes

Colorado signed the 25-year-old defenseman to a four-year deal worth $22 million.

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Defenseman Tyson Barrie signed a four-year, $22 million contract over the weekend. (Sergei/Flickr0

Defenseman Tyson Barrie signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Avalanche over the weekend. (Sergei/Flickr0

Tyson Barrie got paid.

Hours before an arbitrator was scheduled to issue a decision, the Colorado Avalanche signed the 25-year-old defenseman to a four-year deal worth $22 million.

The contract makes Barrie the fifth-highest paid player on team.

Barrie, who was the only restricted free agent to actually go to arbitration, will make $5 million, $5.25 million, $5.75 and $6 million over the course of the contract.

The offensive-minded Barrie is going into his sixth NHL season. Last year, he recorded 13 goals and 36 assists. He was tied for 13th among NHL defensemen with 49 points.

Now that they’ve locked up Barrie, the Avalanche have about $1 million in open cap space.