The Edmonton Oilers and defenceman Tyson Barrie are inching closer to a multi-year contract that would keep the rearguard from free agency, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Tuesday night.

Rumours have been swirling around Barrie and the Oilers following the loss of Adam Larsson. Reports have suggested the Oilers were looking for a three-year deal, while Barrie wanted four.

Barrie scored a defenceman-leading 48 points last year but didn’t garner a single Norris Trophy vote becoming the first defenceman in the awards 67-year history.

A dynamic puck mover who’s known much more for his offensive prowess than play in his own zone, I struggle to see the benefit in this deal. The Oilers know what Tyson Barrie is, and that’s not a defenceman who provides much value in that zone.