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Rumour: Canucks offering Jake Virtanen and 2020 first round pick for Tyson Barrie

It’s the best time of the year.

The rumours are running rampant in the hockey world as we head into NHL Draft Weekend.

The latest comes courtesy of Colorado Avalanche writer Adrian Dater, who is now with the publication Colorado Hockey Now.

Dater reports he is hearing the Canucks are offering Jake Virtanen and a 2020 first round draft pick to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for blueliner Tyson Barrie.

The rumour comes just a day after the Canucks re-signed veteran defenseman Alex Edler to a two-year deal. Depending on what happens with Chris Tanev, there could be room in the top-four for a player of Barrie’s caliber. The Canucks have been linked to blueliners such as Jake Gardiner, Tyler Myers and Barrie among others this offseason.

Barrie is an elite offensive defenseman in the prime of his career. The 27-year-old recorded 14 goals and a career-high 59 points in 78 games with Colorado this past season. He’s been averaging around 23 minutes of ice time and can quarterback a power play.

Over the past two seasons, Barrie has been a dominant puck-moving blueliner. He controls play from the back-end and already has three 50-plus point seasons and one 49-point season to his name.

Barrie is set to become a UFA at the end of next season and will be looking to cash in on what has been six very productive years for the Avalanche. With the emergence of youngsters Cale Makar and Samuel Girard on the blueline, it seems logical the Avalanche could look to deal Barrie in a trade if they can’t afford to pay him what he’s looking for in his next contract.

With Erik Karlsson re-signing in San Jose on an eight-year, $92 million deal, it’s reasonable to think Barrie could be looking for something with an AAV around $8M in his next deal.

Virtanen is coming off an up-and-down year where he hit a career-high 15 goals in 70 games. If the Canucks part ways with Virtanen, you’d have to think they’re finally giving up on the 22-year-old power forward. Virtanen is making just $1.25M in 2019-20 — the last year of his contract before he becomes an RFA.

Barrie is a top defenseman in the NHL and Virtanen has yet to take that next step to become an effective and consistent top-six power forward in the NHL. He’s showed flashes of the great player he can become, but when a player like Barrie is in play, that just isn’t enough to make him not expendable in a potential trade.

Considering how good the 2020 Draft Class is supposed to be, this is at the very least an intriguing proposal for Colorado to weigh if the report is accurate.

  • wjohn1925

    After the risk and reward we all witnessed with the Rapters run, I’d be all in on this one. Being able to re-sign Barrie before finalizing might be the condition on making this all worthwhile.

    • tyhee

      I only commented on this article to comment that I wish the media would stop reporting mere rumours of who might have been offered for whom.

      However, on seeing this comment, I’ll add that imo the Raptors success has little to nothing to do with what is best for the Vancouver Canucks.

      1. Hockey is not basketball. In basketball a small number of players makes a huge difference and two true stars make a team a contender. On the other side, in hockey having Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl on the same team gets you the 2015-16 Edmonton Oilers, 7th in the Pacific Division.

      2. Tyson Barrie is not the level of quality player in hockey that Leonard is in basketball.

      3. The Canucks are not starting from a similar position to that of the Raptors a year ago. The Raptors had just finished coming 1st in the NBA Eastern Conference, the Canucks have missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons.

      I’m not commenting on the proposed trade, just saying it doesn’t make sense to think that the Raptors success suggests the Canucks can have similar success getting a couple of good players.

      I wish the media would stop reporting mere rumours of talk about who might have been offered for whom in trades.

    • tyhee

      I only commented on this article to comment that I wish the media would stop reporting mere rumours of who might have been offered for whom.

      However, on seeing this comment, I’ll add that imo the Raptors success has little to nothing to do with what is best for the Vancouver Canucks.

      1. Hockey is not basketball. In basketball a small number of players makes a huge difference and two true stars make a team a contender. On the other side, in hockey having Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl on the same team gets you the 2015-16 Edmonton Oilers, 7th in the Pacific Division.

      2. Tyson Barrie is not the level of quality player in hockey that Leonard is in basketball.

      3. The Canucks are not starting from a similar position to that of the Raptors a year ago. The Raptors had just finished coming 1st in the NBA Eastern Conference, the Canucks have missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons.

      I’m not commenting on the proposed trade, just saying it doesn’t make sense to think that the Raptors success suggests the Canucks can have similar success getting a couple of good players.

    • Trouba went cheap because he only wanted to go to a small list of teams (rumoured to be NYR and only another US team). Other offers were reportedly better but it’s a non-starter if the team knows that they can’t extend him. Trouba has been a pain in Cheveldayoff’s butt ever since they drafted him.

    • CamBurke

      Bullsh*t! Now, get lost creep or you are losing your id again if you keep posting your sh*t. Got it?

      “Well done petey” – Dud post Calder ……….

      “I want to see Elias recover as fully as possible and then preferably spend another year back in Sweden or the AHL. Elias’ health and future has been compromised. Once your brain is injured there is no going back to mending it.” Bud Poile – pre Calder

      What a joke you are sad little man eh!!!!!!!!!

  • Dan the Fan

    No thanks. This team is a long way off from being a contender. They don’t need players in their prime, they need players who haven’t yet hit their prime.

    This is the sort of move you make when your goal is perpetual mediocrity.

  • Captain Video

    Not opposed to this. It really depends on who’s available at #10. Barrie’s a better player than Trouba, so it stands to reason that his price would be higher. I’d want to see an extension signed before finalizing any deal.

    • Holmes

      I don’t think Barrie is better than Trouba. Who would you rather have in the playoffs?

      JV and a first – even if it’s lottery protected – is an overpayment for Barrie. JV and a second, OK.

      • jaybird43

        If this happens, it’ll be seen later as very lopsided. 2020 draft is deep. The Canucks have a high pick.
        Opportunities like this will soon be gone. Oh, and throw in Virtanen?

        Seems like a high price to me. Especially considering that perennial playoff appearance teams are deep first, then take the one or two final pieces. I love the Canucks, but they are not there yet.

  • DB1282

    thumbs down on a trade like this, we don’t know how good Virtanen will become, does the name Cam Neely ring a bell? one of the worst trades in Canuck history. and what does basketball have to do with a hockey trade?

    • North Van Halen

      Let me ease your worries there. Jake Virtanen will never be confused with Cam Neely. JV brings speed and size this team needs and he maaaaay develop into a 25 goal scorer but Neely was one of the best players in the league. Big and strong, which JV is, but mean, scary and smart, 3 things which JV ain’t.
      I think we need what Jake has but let’s not worry a future hall of famers included unless it’s who they draft with the pick.

      • Goon

        I imagine Colorado’s shopping Barrie because they know they can’t keep him, so you’re really just getting one year of him.

        A 1st in the teens/20s and Virtanen isn’t a huge ask, but it might be enough. We’ll see.

  • Defenceman Factory

    I hate the notion of trading Virtanen at this point and I dislike the loss of a 1st rd pick next year even more however this is probably a fair trade. Barrie is a very good RHD but Virtanen is probably the most valuable, non-essential forward for the Canucks. The Canucks would be a better team immediately. Edler-Barrie, Hughes-Tanev is a pretty strong top 4 that will help generate offence. A Hutton Stecher 3rd pairing is just fine too.

    To make this a good value trade for the Canucks the 1st rd pick should be conditional on re-signing Barrie and be a 2nd rd pick if not re-signed. I would expect Barrie would return at least a first round pick at next year’s deadline if things weren’t working out.

    Or this could just be one of the 3 dozen offers Benning has made over the last month to try and make the team better and really has little chance of happening.

    • Nuck16

      The deal should not happen unless the Canucks can come to terms with Barrie on an extension. How stupid would it be to trade Virtanen and a 1st (or 2nd rounder) for a 1 year rental when you’re a rebuilding team, though I’m sure Chia loves it.

  • CamBurke

    No brainer, Tyson Barrie is a stud. Virtanen is a bum and the second WORST high draft pick in Canucks history… the first is Juolevi!

    Virtanen cost us one of Larkin, Pastrnak or Nylander – get rid of this BENNING BUST and bring on BARRIE!

  • Fred-65

    I do not believe that Vcr roster will be set after this draft and possibly Vcr may still have a high pick in 2020. So if you’re giving up on Virtanen and offering a first round pick I’d prefer it be a 2021 pick. However why sign a Barrie if he and others are FA’s next summer. This strikes me as a financial (Aquman ) or job ( JB ) securing proposition. This team will not win the SC in the next 2 seasons. Strikes me as a poor decission

  • Hockey Bunker

    too much. Need to keep Jake for playoffs and a first rounder is too valuable.
    I’d say wait until Colorado is in cap hell and see what they can get.
    If doing now Tanev going the other way would solidify the Colorado defense from an actual defensive stand point and then see if a later pick and non-NHL player would be enough.

  • speering major

    Can we file this under silly rumor or “If Benning presented me this trade I’d fire him on the spot”?

    Barrie has one year left and then becomes a 28 year old UFA. There isn’t a snowballs chance in hell this makes sense for a rebuilding team that has the 10th overall pick in a deep draft

    There’s also rumors that Benning is kicking the tires on a 30 year old $9 million per season D man with 3 remaining years on his contract (Subban). More believable but totally idiotic

      • LiborPolasek

        I hope this is just a click bait and a rumour.. In a year, Barrie will be a free agent; why not just wait one more year for this so called rebuild and make him a good offer in free agency without having to overpay Colorado. Either way Barrie is getting paid !!! If this happens, it indicates a desperate GM, similar to when the Lakers acquired AD.

      • petey 40

        Fu*k Cam, you’re good. You are not only an awesome c*ck su*ker (according to Freud), you’re willing to use your admin privileges as editor in chief of this sh*t hole to f*ck with people.

      • speering major

        Yeah Bogosian is a great option for a cheap rental. Far superior to paying a fortune for Gardiner, Myers, Subban, Barrie, Ghostisbehere, etc

        Should probably assemble a decent crop of prospects before selling the farm for aging vets on monster contracts

  • Jabs

    I like the idea but the timing seems off, the Canucks need to wait a couple years before trading picks.
    Rebuilding teams stockpile picks, they don’t trade them away unless GMJB seems to think this team will suddenly improve into a contender next year.

    • onetyee

      Terribe deal for the canucks, huge pressure to resign him at a long term big money deal. In a few years they will end up with an overpriced underproducing player with years left on his deal and give up 2 assests to get him. Maybe he should be considered when he becomes a ufa in a year but a deal like this would be an extremely bad move. Should get Benji canned it it comes about. Canucks should be dealing with team who have cap pressure.

  • LiborPolasek

    I hope this is just a click bait and a rumour.. In a year, Barrie will be a free agent; why not just wait one more year for this so called rebuild and make him a good offer in free agency without having to overpay Colorado. Either way Barrie is getting paid !!! If this happens, it indicates a desperate GM, similar to when the Lakers acquired AD.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Didn’t see anywhere in this article why COL would depart with a premier D like Barrie. If they’re not in cap hell why move such a valuable commodity? Now is not the time to part with Shotgun Jake as he is in the final year of his cap friendly contract and you know how well guys play when their contract is about to expire. And also you do not give up high picks for quick fixes for a non contending, young team. If the Canucks were truly in the hunt it might work but they’re not presently. Another rumour without teeth probably.

  • TD

    I’m against the trade because the Canucks still need to stockpile talent and can’t afford to give up the 1st round pick. IF, the trade came with a long term deal for Barrie and lottery protection, then the deal is more palatable. It becomes a better deal if they are able to trade Tanev and recover a first round pick for the following draft, but that may not be possible. It would give a top four of Edler, Hughes, Barrie and Stetcher which is pretty good. They would still lack the scoring to get where they need to be.

  • Burnabybob

    I love Tyson Barrie, but I’m not crazy about that deal. Barrie is 27, and that’s when many players begin to decline. The Canucks could be in a position to draft a franchise player in 2020. I would pursue a player like Barrie in free agency.

  • Nuck16

    We need to stay the course. First let’s make the playoffs organically, then we can think about trades like this. We need at least another season for our young core to develop. They will tell us when the rebuild is over.

  • canuckfan

    Why involve the 2020 pick when you can keep that pick and sign Barrie in 2020 who knows we may even win the lottery not on your life would I involve the 2020 pick. The draft is what has made us get better.

  • Puck Viking

    What a horrible offer for a guy who will be a UFA. Benning is horrible if this is true. This is not a playoff team and it will be another top 10 pick from a team that is years away.

  • Rodeobill

    Barrie is from here, I believe. A home town guy. Chances are he resigns if he fits in (and I think he will). He would also be a good mentor for QH on the back end. I’d hate to lose Jake and a lottery ticket, but I’d still do this deal.