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New York Islanders Defensive Trade Target For Every NHL Team

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: The Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal by Trevor Daley #83 at 10:03 of the third period against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: The Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal by Trevor Daley #83 at 10:03 of the third period against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Tyson Barrie | Colorado Avalanche

Contract: $5.5 million/3 years, Production: 29pts/38 games, Slot: Second Pair
Why We Want Him
Tyson Barrie was supposed to be that number one defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche. That guy that all championship caliber teams need or have. Pittsburgh has Letang, Tampa has Hedman. San Jose has Burns. For Colorado, that guy was to be Barrie.

And for a while, it looked like it might actually be the case. With a strong 2014-15 season were he scored 53 points in 80 games. He put up another 49 points in 2015-16 and earned himself a nice five year $5.5 million contract extension. But for some reason, Colorado is done with Barrie. For….reasons.

We know what he can do offensively with 63 point pace this season. We know he’s good on the power play with 74 of his 220 points coming on the man-advantage. Even his offensive and defensive point shares have been pretty good with a +33.6 (+19.9 offense and +13.7 defense) over the course of his career.

Why We Don’t Want Him
Why don’t we want Barrie? Because of what the asking price might be. We know what GM Joe Sakic got for Matt Duchene. The ask won’t be close, but we know he’s going to want quantity. Heck, Rick Nash is apparently going for a first round, a good prospect, and another pick or prospect. Rick Nash!

If that’s what a player who’s a shell of his former self is being shopped for you can imagine what an offensive defenseman in the prime of his career with term left on the table will fetch. Or at least what his GM is going to hold out for.

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