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Barrie Signs 2-Year Deal With Avalanche

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Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche clears the puck away from Matt Cooke #24 and Kyle Brodziak #21 of the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche clears the puck away from Matt Cooke #24 and Kyle Brodziak #21 of the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche signed Tyson Barrie to a two-year deal after a breakout season by the defenseman.

Barrie gave the Avalanche an offensive presence at the blue line as he led the defensemen with 13 goals.

The 23-year-old played a big role in helping the team advance to the playoffs under first-year coach Patrick Roy. Barrie was a key loss when he went out in Game 3 of the postseason series against Minnesota following a knee-to-knee hit from Matt Cooke, who drew a seven-game suspension.

Avalanche executive Joe Sakic described Barrie as “a big part of the young nucleus of our team.”

With three overtime goals last season, Barrie tied Colorado’s single-season record set by David Jones in 2010-11.

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