Rangers Ask About Barrie; Shopping Girardi

Adrian Dater at the Denver Post reports that the Rangers have asked the Avalanche about the availability of 22-year old defenseman Tyson Barrie.

The 5' 10", 190lb Barrie has 2g, 6a in 25 games this season. He is in the final season of his entry level deal that pays him $715K this season. He will be a RFA at the end of the year.

Speculation is that the Rangers are dangling Michael Zotto in exchange for Barrie. However, Spector's Hockey feels that Avalanche GM Greg Sherman would hang-up on Glen Sather if that was the Rangers trade proposal.

…from what I've read about Barrie, he sounds like the Avalanche's version of Del Zotto. Started the year with high expectations, but was sent to the AHL just five games into the season after frustrating head coach Patrick Roy with his lack of physicality and bad decision making on the power play. It seems as though his demotion did him well as since his recall in November he's had more grit and is making things happen with the extra man. He has five points (2g, 3a) in the last nine games. Four of those five points are on the power play.

…it doesn't sound like the Avalanche would make this trade, but this would be a deal  I would absolutely endorse.

Meanwhile, Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun continues to perpetuate the "Bruins are interested in Dan Girardi" rumor.

Garrioch adds that the Rangers have been shopping Girardi because Sather is concerned he won’t be able to re-sign the UFA defenseman.

On Friday, it was reported the Rangers recently had contract discussions with Girardi's reps.

…assuming this is just Sather doing his due diligence. He wouldn't be doing his job if he wasn't looking at every option involving Girardi's future or lack of it with the Rangers.

…Girardi has points in four of the last five games (1g, 3a) and has been much better defensively of late, so I find it very doubtful Girardi is going anywhere, especially if Del Zotto ends up being moved.

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