The Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers and Arizona Coyotes could have some decisions to make on their respective bluelines.
UPDATE ON TYSON BARRIE
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ken Campbell reports the Colorado Avalanche have the option of walking away from the arbitration decision soon to be rendered for defenseman Tyson Barrie if they don’t agree with the award. However, Campbell believes it would be shocking if they went that route. He notes there’s no limit on trading a player who’s been taken to arbitration and since Barrie lacks a no-trade clause in his contract, the Avs could trade him anywhere. Campbell points out there been a lot of trade talk linking Barrie to the Edmonton Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Avalanche GM Joe Sakic repeatedly said his club wouldn’t move Barrie even if he was awarded a new contract via arbitration. They certainly won’t walk away from the arbiter’s decision. Barrie is too valuable an asset. A trade is possible, and if a club like the Oilers made a substantial offer, Sakic could entertain it. Still, there’s no certainty Sakic intends to move Barrie this summer.
LATEST ON THE FLYERS BLUELINE
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports the Philadelphia Flyers re-signing of defenseman Brandon Manning leave the club with just over $1 million in salary-cap room. They still have to drop a forward, with Jordan Weal ($650K salary) perhaps the top target for demotion to the minors.
As for their defense, they could face freeing up a spot for promising Ivan Provorov if he earns a place during training camp. While veteran Mark Streit seems the logical choice to be dealt, and could waive his no-trade clause to remain in the NHL rather than be demoted, Panaccio notes there hasn’t been any interest in Streit since last winter. Demoting him would only free up $950K of Streit’s $5.25 million salary. The Flyers could also move Manning, Nick Schultz or Andrew MacDonald to the minors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a situation worth watching during training camp in September. A trade is possible, but the hefty salaries for Streit and MacDonald make them very difficult to move. Schultz or Manning could have some value, but GM Ron Hextall appears reluctant to part with them. Of course, if Provorov doesn’t crack the lineup, Hextall won’t have to worry about moving out a blueliner.
COYOTES IN THE TRADE MARKET?
ARIZONA SPORTS: Craig Morgan recently reported Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka pointed out his club could have a bit of a logjam on defense when sidelined Michael Stone recovers from his knee surgery. Morgan said that’s generated speculation the Coyotes “might still be pursuing a trade or two — perhaps for a top-four defenseman, a top-six right wing or even another left wing if they can’t come to terms with (Tobias) Rieder.”