Expected to be traded, not because of his performance, but because he’s a luxury the Edmonton Oilers can’t afford anymore, we will look at teams that could use the services of Tyson Barrie for the next two seasons. There may be more teams intrigued by the defender, but given the situation of those listed below, these teams seem the most likely fit. Here’s a look.
The Carolina Hurricanes blew a 3-2 series against the New York Rangers this postseason and lost their first game at home in Game 7 of the second round. It wasn’t ideal that their starting goaltender Frederik Anderson was injured for a significant portion of the season, including all of the playoffs.
Nevertheless, the Hurricanes have a ton of work to do this offseason with 10 roster players up for new contracts, including Anthony DeAngelo, Ethan Bear, Ian Cole, and Brendan Smith. Bear has already been given permission to talk to other teams, so it is very unlikely he will be back, while there are no deals in place for depth defensive defencemen Cole and Smith. The player to watch is DeAngelo, as the Hurricanes aren’t known to like paying top dollar for players. That is why they let Dougie Hamilton go in free agency after great seasons with the team.
Brett Pesce is the only right defenceman, other than fringe NHLer Jalen Chatfield, signed with the team, so the Oilers may be in need of a power-play specialist and a second-line right defence. Barrie fits that mould perfectly, and the Hurricanes would get more value playing Barrie higher up in the lineup while saving a ton of cap space after what DeAngelo will ask for.
DeAngelo is a restricted free agent (RFA) who is arbitration-eligible, but the Hurricanes will also be looking to bring back a number of forwards in Vincent Trocheck, Nino Niederreiter, and Martin Necas at the very least. Management is known to be cheap, and with an even better opportunity to play an important role in Carolina than in Edmonton, the Hurricanes should again get their money’s worth out of a player.