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Edmonton Oilers defenceman Tyson Barrie expected to hit free agent market

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Tyson Barrie is expected to hit the NHL’s free agent market this summer.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Barrie is reportedly seeking a five-to-six year contract as he looks for long-term stability in an organization.

It’s also time to start talking about fellow Oilers defenceman . He leads the National Hockey League in points among defencemen. He hit the reset button, he signed the one-year deal in Edmonton at $3.75 million. He needed to get his game back on track after a tough experience with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Well, he’s most definitely done that.

The sense is that Barrie is going to test the free-agent market. He’s earned that right and given everything that Ken Holland and the Oilers are going to have to go through with hefty negotiations with Larsson, Nugent-Hopkins, , and others, you need to be able to compare apples to apples.

would very much like to stay in Edmonton but he also wants some stability. We’re talking about a five- or six-year term, so most likely, he goes to the open market to see what the bigger picture looks like as well.

Barrie took a pay cut when he inked a one-year, $3.75-million contract this last offseason to join the Edmonton Oilers. This year, he’s scored eight goals with his 48 points leading all defencemen in that category.

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The Oilers are the third NHL team the 29-year-old defenceman has played on. He spent eight years with the Colorado Avalanche, before having a tough 2019-20 campaign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Also mentioned in Insider Trading was Frank Seravalli reporting the Oilers have had good talks with Adam Larsson about a contract that appears to be in the three-to-four year range. On top of that, Seravalli said there is no new updates on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

The full hit on Insider Trading can be heard here.


Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]

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