Edmonton – Tyson Barry has checked enough boxes.
His first trade, Check, was in Toronto on a deal that sent Nazem Qadri to Colorado. Playing his first stunt under the hot lights of the Canadian market – check. And now his first free-agent deal, a one-year “prove yourself” deal with the Edmonton Oilers team that will end in one of two ways:
Either he will be limited to a long-term contract in Edmonton, or Barry will join his fourth team in two years, answering the same questions again seven months from now.
Laughing at the other end of the phone, Barry allows, “You’re right about some of those things.” At this point in my career, I still haven’t come close to winning (the Stanley Cup). I think they are ready to win here, and I want to be a part of that.
“If you have the opportunity to stay here in Edmonton for a long time, it could be a great presentation.
At 29 years old and with more than 550 games under his belt, theoretically this is the opportunity to prepare.
“I hope so for sure,” Barry said after Wednesday’s workout. “It was a thought process to make a deal here, and I’m very excited to see it succeed. I’ll try my best.”
So, who’s the new right shot in Edmonton, the power-play quarterback, Tyson Barry?
He is the son of Lane Barry, the same Oiler who drafted in the sixth round in 1986, and the grandson of Lane Barry Sr., whose BC hockey school has been volunteering for many summers.
His arrival in Edmonton marked the beginning of a season in Toronto that surprisingly forced this veteran player into a situation where he was forced to prove himself again. To claim again, the midway point of his NHL career has to be crossed well, what kind of player is he actually.
“The year in Toronto may change a bit and then you throw this epidemic into the mix …” Barry begins. “It simply came to our notice then. I want to go back to the player I was when I left Colorado. It’s tougher than you think, new teams and coaching teams with all of them.
“I think it’s hanging over me now. I wrapped my head around it. I don’t want to prove people wrong, I just want to re-establish myself. “
Barry found himself on the wrong side of then-Leafs coach Mike Babcock, probably due in part to the acquisition of General Manager Kyle Dubas. One of the rubbish of the declining relationship between the coach and GM, when Barry’s opening of the 2019-20 season was worse than Leaf’s fun start, life behind the Blue Maple Leaf began to heat up.
He was tougher on himself than anyone else, issuing a very honest assessment of the state of his game.
“I didn’t want to go any day before: no goals, seven assists in 25 games. Our team was floating around .500, and it just felt like a lot of pressure. You know, more pressure than I put in Colorado. “I was just trying to be honest with myself, and let people know that I expected more from myself,” he said.
“It was a good experience,” he stressed in Toronto. “It was just tough because I was trying to play and play with the fans. Then we parted, went back to the bubble … It was a weird year.
“If you don’t get the standard you used or the fans think you should, then I’ll tell you, it will be an incredible place to win.
Today, Barry finds himself in another Canadian market wrapped in impatience towards a hockey team whose lineup is star-burdened, yet the playoff cover is open. Edmonton and Toronto are not very different, and you wonder: is Barry still the same guy?
“There was no brain signing here,” Barry said. “I hope I can take part in crime, I can breathe, I can do powerplay, I can join the crowd ভি and I hope I can bring some leadership. You know, I’ve been through a lot in my career. Some have gone through play-off rounds and so on. I think it will fit well. “
It can’t be anything about the other team’s net, and in the meantime Barry will be directing for the rest of his career. An “offenseman” is not what Weller needs.
All they need is a D-Man working at the top of the power play, a guy who can snap a perfect outlet pass, but a player who helps the team’s goal of getting better in five-on-five games. On both ends of the ice.
They didn’t speak well of Toronto’s Barry’s defensive play, although it was a team issue or a player issue that sparked some controversy. He knows that the narrative sticks, and this season will have to make a new one with his play.
“The way I play and the size I’m in, I’m always going to fight that stereotype,” Barry said. “But I’ve matched the line against the top timeline for the PF in one season in the playoffs … I know I can do it. I can concentrate on that and stay committed to that part of the game.”
This is it, or move on.
His father owned six NHL agencies. Edmonton Tyson’s third.
He wants to make it his last.