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Oilers’ Tyson Barrie Changes Agents, Gets Engaged

Edmonton Oilers newly-acquired defenseman Tyson Barrie made two potentially life-altering decisions this week Congratulations on both!

There are a couple of news item pieces to share when it comes to Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tyson Barrie. In just a 24 hour time period, two potentially life-altering decisions were announced that could affect his hockey career and time with the Oilers moving forward.

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First, a congratulations goes out to Barrie who got engaged this week! The team’s official page posted a few photos of Tyson and his new fiancé Emma (along with their dog Ralph). That’s great news for the blueliner and we couldn’t be happier for him.

Second, just months after signing a very team-friendly one-year deal with the Oilers Barrie has changed agents. According to John Shannon, Barrie will now be represented by CAA Hockey’s Pat Brisson and Bayne Bettinger. He was previously with Newport Sports.

Brisson reps some huge names in hockey — John Tavares, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar and Sidney Crosby to name a few — but on the Oilers side, he represents Caleb Jones and Olivier Rodrigue. Brisson’s 54 active NHL deals is the highest total currently in the NHL. The combined value of those contracts is over one billion dollars, according to Puckpedia.

What Does the Change in Agency Mean?

It will be interesting to see if the change in agents represents a certain attitude about trying to get a deal done with the Oilers or going into free agency next summer with another flat cap and competition for limited dollars. Perhaps Barrie believes he’s going to have to hunker down and settle in for a tough negotiation period.

Or, perhaps he wanted an agent that is about as tuned into all the on goings with clients as an agent could be.

Tyson Barrie Toronto Maple Leafs
Tyson Barrie Toronto Maple Leafs

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