Trying to estimate the components of Tyson Barrie’s next contract is like guessing the number of jellybeans in a jar so let’s try something a little different here. Even though it’s unlikely the case gets heard and ultimately ruled upon, the interesting part of this story is what the Avalanche and Newport Sports are going to use as arguments for each side.
Here are the types of evidence each side can present:
- Official NHL stats, which for better or worse now includes somewhat fancy if inaccurate categories along with the usual goals, assists, plusminus, etc
- Comparable players’ non-UFA contract details
- A dog’s breakfast of things like injury history, contribution to the team’s general success, leadership and community goodwill, blah blah blah.
- Anything resembling an opinion like a newspaper (or MHH!) article or teammate testimonials is not allowed, nor are any pre-cap era arbitration awards. Teams can not use their current cap situation as a defense of a lower contract either.
Taking this under consideration, I’m asking you, dear reader, to make a case for either side using these guidelines. Be the Avs for a day! Join the dark side and become a Newport Sports paralegal! What makes a good case for or against Tyson Barrie getting paid next year?