Rumored Destinations For Defenseman Tyson Barrie

Tyson Barrie had an off-year last season in Toronto, after a trade brought him to the Maple Leafs from Colorado. While some blamed Mike Babcock, Barrie isn't willing to do so, and admitted it took some time to adjust to the eastern conference. Turns out, Barrie could be headed back west.

According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, Tyson Barrie is likely to hear from the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, and the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, when free-agency is set to begin.

The Oilers appear to be the heavy favorites, as quarterbacking a power-play with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl has quite the appeal. The Oilers don't have a ton of cap space to work with, so it's likely if Barrie heads to Edmonton, it will be on a one-year deal with potential for a long-term extension after the season. 

The Flames have holes to fill on defense and may be able to offer Barrie longer term. He would immediately slide into their top-4 and get some serious minutes on the power-play. The Flames are looking for ways to spark their offense and would hope Barrie could return to the 60-point form he showed for the Avalanche. 

The Ducks have the weather in California to normally offer free-agents, but with a 'Bubble Season' likely coming in 2021, their sunshine leverage won't work this time around.

Tyson Barrie would like to forget his season in Toronto when it comes to individual success. He struggled to find his game because of the role he was playing on the Leafs. Now, he's in full control and at this point, it appears he's going to find new teammates that are 'Hart and Soul' type players.

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