The Colorado Avalanche will be without top-four defenseman Tyson Barrie for the next three games as he has been suspended by the NHL's Department of Player Safety. Barrie was disciplined for charging/interference on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres Friday.
The Department of Player Safety determined that Barrie launched into his hit on Despres a full second after the Ducks defenseman had lost possession of the puck. Barrie's feet left the ice before he delivered the hit on the much taller Despres, who was injured on the play and is not expected to play against the Minnesota Wild Sunday.
Barrie, who was not penalized on the play, had never been suspended previously. This was about as easy a call for the DPS as there is though. The fact that Barrie actually committed two infractions on the hit and that Despres was injured made this a surefire suspension.
The Avs will certainly miss Barrie for the three games he'll be out, starting Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings. The 24-year-old defenseman has appeared in all four games for Colorado and has notched two assists while averaging 21:40 of ice time.