During his end of the year media avail, defenseman Tyson Barrie talked about how nice it was to be able to play with Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse, but it didn’t sound like having a chance to play with them again next season was high on his priority list. Instead, a long-term deal with a team that comes to the table with the best offer seems to be the way Barrie leaning.
Saying he needs to find the right deal that will help him take care of his family and also offer an opportunity to win, he said, “You’ve got to find a balance of both and see where there’s a good fit.”
When asked what the chances are he’s in an Edmonton Oilers uniform next season, Barrie said he honestly doesn’t know. He hasn’t spoken to GM Ken Holland and hasn’t had a chance to touch base with his agent about any conversations that may or may not have occurred. “I’m sure we’ll have a couple of discussions and see what their interest level is as well as mine.”
When asked what kind of deal he was looking for, Barrie said he’s interested in doing something longer term where he can commit to a team as much as the team commits to him. He’s looking for stability and a place to settle in and put the pedal down so he can help a team win and move forward as part of the core of a group.
Chances Barrie Stays with Oilers
The way Barrie spoke, he certainly seems open to a deal with Edmonton but it also doesn’t sound like he’s leaning towards them as favorite. Barrie came to the Oilers on a one-year deal with the goal in mind to up his numbers and make himself attractive to other teams in free agency. His plan worked, as he led the league in scoring by a defenseman. As such, he’ll get offers from other teams and the Oilers aren’t likely in a position to match.
If Oscar Klefbom is not returning next season, Holland may want to have a more serious conversation with Barrie about sticking and commit more time and money to the offensive defenseman. But, if there’s too much money involved and Klefbom is healthy enough to play, Evan Bouchard is also ready to make a full-time jump into the NHL and the Oilers have plans to give him a long look.
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