Tyson Barrie chooses Oilers on show-me contract
TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 7: Tyson Barrie # 94 of the Toronto Maple Leafs prepares to play in the fourth game of the Eastern Conference qualifying round against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Scotiabank Arena on August 7, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario . (Photo by Mark Blinch / NHLI via Getty Images)
There are worse ways of regaining value.
Free agent defense attorney Tyson Barrie has signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers worth a little less than $ 4 million, according to various reports.
Barrie's value has declined over the past 12 months, partly due to financial constraints at the NHL clubs, but mostly due to his inconsistent and unhappy season with the Toronto Maple Leafs following an improper deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
Reports suggest that Barrie had other more lucrative offers on the table, but it appears he still has drafts for a strike that is rich in free agencies across the board. Teamed up with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl as the new quarterback on the Oilers' power play, Barrie is able to amass the production and tell a far better story at free agency next summer.
Barrie just wasn't a match for Make Babcock's ideal early last season with the Leafs, and his performance suffered tremendously. While in a better place when Sheldon Keefe took over for the legendary coach and definitely improved his game, Barrie was at times of even strength on an incomplete blue line over his head and just didn't have the same impact as Morgan Rielly had in the past Playing times with the Leafs' # 1 specialty teams.
Barrie finished with a respectable five goals and 39 points in 70 games, but can vastly improve those numbers as a replacement for the absent Oscar Klefbom as orchestrator for Edmonton's top power play.
Oilers GM Ken Holland signaled this as an area of need when he acted for Mike Green on last season's cutoff date. Unfortunately, Green has pulled out of returning to the game, leaving the Oilers unable to play the power game in their disappointing play-in round.
The addition contributes to an impressive reach of the Oilers in the free agency. The club added Kyle Turris, Tyler Ennis, and now Barrie, while also agreeing to bring Jesse Puljujarvi back - all for less than $ 8 million against the salary cap.
What lies ahead, Edmonton has to acquire a netminder before the free agency ends after missing out on Jacob Markstrom.
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