Good extension for the Avs, after they reportedly were shopping Barrie earlier in the off-season. He is a player to build around, and they signed him to a good extension for the money.

The Colorado Avalanche signed defenseman Tyson Barrie to a new four-year deal after the sides exchanged arbitration numbers on Friday.

The 25-year-old's deal has an annual average value of $5.5 million. He had asked for $6 million per year, while the Avs had countered at $4.125 million.

Barrie had 13 goals and 36 assists but was a minus-16 last season. He had 53 points and was a plus-5 the season before.

He was selected in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Avalanche.