Bob McKenzie was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Friday morning.
As part of a larger discussion on the Trade Bait board of TSN’s Frank Seravalli, and on if he sees that many top right-shot defensemen (Tyson Barrie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Sami Vatanen are listed at 2, 3, and 5) being in play given how valuable they are in today’s NHL:
“There’s no question in my mind, I think Tyson Barrie is going to be traded.”
“Yeah. Here’s what I think. This is not going to make any sense, but I’m going to say it anyways. Colorado is looking for a defenseman. But I don’t think they like the economic leverage that Tyson Barrie has right now. Tyson Barrie has got a very strong arbitration case. I think he’s going to be looking for a sum of money that Colorado doesn’t feel comfortable in giving him. Therefore I think they’re looking for somebody who – looking for a different type of defenseman maybe, or one that’s not going to cost them as much money.
“So I think they are in the market for a defenseman. I think they are in the market for forwards as well, being a non-playoff team and all. But I definitely think Tyson Barrie has been in play, continues to be in play, and there’s a real strong chance that he could be traded at some point here.
“And he is precisely the type of defenseman that the Edmonton Oilers would be interested in having. So there may be a fit there. We’ll see.”
Source: TSN 1260/Transcript: Nichols