Vancouver Canucks: The Great Tyson Barrie Debate

Mar 18, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) controls the puck during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) controls the puck during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 2, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa (5) after having his lip cut by a high stick from Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette (not pictured) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

FOR BARRIE: A Trade Works Perfectly

The Canucks need cap space but they also need Tyson Barrie. When is this not the case? There is never a trade that allows a team to be cheaper and better, to add, add, and add without paying a single cent for it.

The Canuck Way has already proposed a potential trade for Tyson Barrie. Editor Janik Beichler had this in mind:

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This is a great trade. The Canucks are better off selling the #5 pick high and looking for Mikhail Sergachev, Logan Brown, Olli Juolevi, or Tyson Jost with the #10 pick. One of them will be available for sure at that pick.

But I think there is a better piece that can be moved to satisfy both parties. Enter Luca Sbisa.

The Colorado Avalanche wants a big defenseman who can play physically in the back end. That’s the main reason behind pushing Barrie, the 5-foot-10 defender, onto the trade block, as Terry Frei of the Denver Post points out.

"“Patrick Roy really wants to get a big, strong defence. I think he really believes that Tyson Barrie should be at best a fifth defenceman and a power play specialist.” (Terry Frei, Denver Post)"

I think that Sbisa fits the bill more of less there. Sbisa would be worth at least as much worth as Jannik Hansen while his $3.6 million contract will provide more relief when moved than Hansen’s $2.5 million AAV contract. Here it goes.

The Canucks also wouldn’t mind doing this with free agency in mind.

Supposing that Barrie takes a $6 million annual average value, the first deal would cost the Canucks $2.4 million for the next couple of seasons. If Hansen gets involved, the trade will be virtually equal in salary transactions.

This allows the Canucks to still pursue a top-six forward in free agency while pairing up Barrie with big Nikita Tryamkin. I never believed that a Tryamkin-Sbisa pairing will work because of the lack of mobility and experience.

Excuse me if I forgot to consider Sbisa in the previous thoughts. I already had him penciled in on the way out to Colorado.

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