It’s Elliotte Friedman’s turn to pitch the idea

Now that the NHL offseason is in full swing, rumors are sweeping the Bettman circuit. The Canadian is absolutely no exception and it is to be expected that Kent Hughes and his team have had a busy summer.

And it could (or even should) start this week, as my colleague Maxime Truman spoke on the 91.9 Sports airwaves earlier today.

However, one name is circulating a bit in the rumors surrounding the CH: Tyson Barrie. Jeff Marek raised the idea of ​​CH being interested in him a few weeks ago, and today Elliotte Friedman also chimed in:

I would be interested to know if a team like the Canadiens would be interested in Tyson Barrie – Elliotte Friedman

He spoke about it on today’s episode of the 32 Thoughts podcast.

Finding a team interested in Barrie would be great news for Edmonton. The team needs to release salary to re-sign guys (Evander Kane, Brett Kulak etc.) and sign a goaltender this summer. They’ve been linked a lot with Jack Campbell and Ville Husso in recent weeks and they’ll need the money to attract these guys.

But why should the CH have an interest in Barrie? In fact, I can only see one scenario where he would have done it: if Jeff Petry left this summer.

The Canadian currently has David Savard, Chris Wideman and Justin Barron as right-handers. It’s clearly missing a bit of meat around the bones, and if the CH wants to give themselves the opportunity to send Barron with the Rocket to further their development, they’ll go for another right-hander.

And that’s where Barrie comes in.

Even if the defender a adventure The fact that he is very good offensively remains in his zone. The 30-year-old could be a good transition option while the youngsters are ready, especially as his contract expires at the end of the 2023/24 season.

It’s a bit pricey at $4.5 million a year, but we’re still talking about a defender who can easily score fifty points.

Long story short, we’ll have to see if these rumors go anywhere, but there seems to be a possibility that Barrie will don the CH uniform next year. There is no smoke without fire, as they say…


– Jeff Marek expects the CH to move Shane Wright. However, he thinks a return to the OHL next year is possible.

– I do not think so. Again, I could be wrong.

– Kaiden Guhle’s brother will play in Germany next season.

– A commitment the Oilers obviously have no regrets.

– David Price resigning this winter?

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