Barrie officially filed for arbitration on Tuesday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. With the two sides yet to agree on a contract, Barrie has now elected to file for arbitration, meaning both sides will be able to argue their case before a neutral third party settles the dispute. Barrie was extended a qualifying offer from the Avalanche just over a week ago despite trade rumors earlier in the month, so it would seem likely the two parties eventually come to some sort of agreement in the next 48 hours. Barrie notched 13 goals and an impressive 36 assists this past season and is a player the Avalanche would like to have a chance to develop further.
Barrie was extended a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on Monday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. There were some trade rumors surrounding Barrie earlier in the month, but GM Joe Sakic shot those down, saying the Avalanche were looking to keep Barrie around. The team backed up those words Monday by extending the qualifying offer, which gives the Avalanche the opportunity to match any offers given to Barrie once free agency opens. Barrie matched a career-high of 13 goals this past season, to go along with an impressive 36 assists. It appears likely the puck-moving defenseman will remain with the Avs.
The Avalanche will not trade Barrie, per general manager Joe Sakic, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. Barrie is a pending restricted free agent, meaning Colorado has negotiating rights with the puck-moving defenseman, and it can match offer sheets from other teams. As noted in the report, Barrie is looking for a long-term deal after making $5.2 million over the past two years. He dropped 102 points under that contract, including a career-high 21 tallies on the man advantage in 2015-16. Detroit is an example of a team that really could use a guy like Barrie, but it's looking like he'll stay put with the Avs.
Barrie registered an assist and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Predators. Barrie has quieted down significantly down the stretch, as the blueliner owns two goals and five apples in his last 16 appearances. The 24-year-old had the look of possibly showcasing a breakout campaign, but he remains four points shy of tying last season's 53 (also a career high).
Barrie registered two assists -- one on the power play -- and two PIM in Thursday's 3-2 win over Florida. Barrie is on a nice streak, notching points in four straight games. On a larger scale, the 24-year-old has made an impact in the box score in eight of the last 10, totaling 12 in that span. The minus-15 rating on the season is certainly concerning, but with 45 points and counting on the year, keep the defenseman in your lineups.
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