Leafs interested in Namestnikov and the Canucks interested in Barrie according to TSN

We are in the home stretch of trading season, and that means even when our eyes should be focused on the Leafs playing the Penguins, trade rumours are happening in the background. Here’s a bit of a breakdown of what we have for you tonight…
Namestnikov

Dreger reporting on TSN that the Leafs are among teams that have asked about Namestnikov
— 51Leafs (@51Leafs) February 20, 2020

Namestnikov not dressing for the Senators tonight. Don’t believe a deal is done, but this is asset management.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 20, 2020
That’s certainly something. Namestnikov is a pending UFA making $3.25M this year, and has 25 points in 54 games. Along with Malgin, he represents a potential backfill for Andreas Johnsson, modest addition for the playoffs, or a safety net if the Leafs want to move on from Kapanen or Kerfoot in the coming days. Namestnikov would be somewhat of a depth acquisition not costing the Leafs a ton, and based on the minor league trades from yesterday, we know the Senators and Leafs have been talking to each other.
Barrie

Bob McKenzie said the Leafs will move Barrie if they get a D man back in return …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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