The Colorado Avalanche signed Tyson Barrie to a two-year deal after a breakout season by the defenceman.

Barrie gives the Avalanche an offensive presence at the blue-line as he led the defencemen with 13 goals last season.

The 23-year-old from Victoria played a big role in helping Colorado advance to the playoffs under first-year head coach Patrick Roy.

Barrie was a key loss when he went out in Game 3 of the post-season series against the Minnesota Wild following a knee-to-knee hit from Matt Cooke, who drew a seven-game suspension.

Avalanche executive vice-president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said Barrie is "a big part of the young nucleus of our team. He is a gifted young defenceman who brings a lot of offence. We are pleased to have him under contract and look forward to his contribution this upcoming season."

With three overtime goals last season, Barrie tied Colorado's single-season record set by David Jones in 2010-11.