Boston, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Montreal, Phoenix, NYI, New Jersey and few more will all be after him for his services and a few of them will pay a ridiculous price for him. Besides I don't believe he worth more then 2-2.5M a year and he'll get more then that. Does Edmonton want to get handcuffed with a questionable 3/4 Dman for 4-5 years at 3-4M per year, I believe it's to much of a gamble. The question is he that much better then what the Oilers have and coming up through the system to open up the bank for him. Look what happen to the Leafs when they went after some questionable D and now their stuck Finger and Komisarek. Some teams will start dumping salary and the Oilers should be able to pick up what they need at a cheaper price and will not handcuff them in the long run.
3-4mil for a top 4 guy isn't the end of the world. The guy is playing a #3 role on the Stanley cup champs, but we can't afford to give him 3-4mil?
Not 100% sure Barker played a significant role in that....was likely more Khabibulin...... but then there's a lot of things players do that don't show up on the score sheet. And we do have a WAY better record with Barker. Does he keep guys to the outside? Not let them get to prime scoring areas? Does he make simple plays to move the puck tape to tape? That in itself is huge! Dman doesn't have to rack up tons of assists to be a good puck mover. Just has to anticipate well, get on the puck early and move it tape -to -tape. When we're sucking, our dmen are getting to the puck late and then just shovelling it around the boards to someone who has to fish it off their backhand. We get no flow, no easy outs...... Easy outs.... that's huge. Don't have game tape to see what Barker was like? But guys like Ference, Seidenberg, Sekara are all very good at this.
I'd bring him back for $1.5 - $2 if he can get healthy.
and I'm not saying it was all Barker either, but he was part of it. I think people are of the opinion he was playing poorly because they view him as an offensive guy and he wasn't putting up a lot of points... but what he was doing was playing safe and not really making many mistakes on the ice... and if we've seen anything from this oilers team is this season is that they will play close in most games but they'll make those key mistakes at key times and lose teh game as a result. Having another defensemen out there who isn't really making mistakes makes them stronger as a whole.