Before Tyson Barrie’s contract year was paused by a pandemic, it featured one of the longest scoring droughts of his entire life. It saw a coaching change flip his fortunes with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but still included an uncomfortable couple of days leading up to the trade deadline while the team explored his market.

Yeah, you can say the offensive-minded defenceman has seen some things over the last several months.

And here he is on May 20 back home in Victoria waiting to find out if the next act of his professional life will include returning to the ice with the Leafs for a playoffs unlike any other, or going off in search of his next contract as an unrestricted free agent.

“It’s a weird time to be heading into free agency, that’s for sure,” Barrie said Wednesday. “It’s an odd time, but at this point, I think all I’ve got to do right now is focus on getting ready to play, if we are going to play, and to take a run with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs.

“That’s why they brought me in and that would be pretty spectacular, so hopefully we get a chance to do that.”