On Sportsnet on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman (of 30 thoughts fame) said that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie may be on the trading block:
They talk about it at about 1:25 or so. Tyson Barrie has a 2.6 million dollar cap hit right now and is an RFA after this season. If I'm Don Sweeney, I'm on the phone with Joe Sakic every day to try to make a deal happen. Tyson Barrie would immediately make the Bruins a much better team. He was drafted in 2009 64th overall by the Avalanche and made his debut in 2011. Since then, he's become one of their big minute-eaters, playing over 20 minutes a game most of the time. They don't use him on the Penalty Kill, but he leads the Avs in ESTOI by a full minute per game. If he came to Boston, he'd fill a Dougie-sized hole in the defense and immediately push a lot of guys down the depth chart. Which would be great news for guys who are in above their head, like Kevan Miller.
Unfortunately, we'd probably have to give to get in this case. Loui Eriksson is probably the prime trade candidate, as his contract is up at the end of the year. There are also some prospects (including Subban and McIntyre, Khokhlachev, etc) as well. Would it be worth it?
Tyson Barrie is 24 years old and getting better every year. Loui Eriksson is on the wrong side of 30. He's playing great, but I worry about how his play may degrade over the next however-many years. The Bruins also have a bunch of 2016 picks to play with.
What do y'all think?