There’s a Barrie good chance these are Tyson’s last days as a Leaf

After a whole lot of Kerfoot, Johnsson, and Kapanen talk over the past month, Tyson Barrie has swooped in and become the belle of the trade deadline ball for the Leafs. After two consecutive playoff runs that saw the Leafs out after the first round only to have unrestricted free agents like James van Riemsdyk and Jake Gardiner walk for nothing, the Leafs seem to be employing a bit more of an asset management strategy with Tyson Barrie this year.

More Trade Bait talk on @SportsCentre– I believe at least 4 teams have shown interest so far in #Leafs pending UFA Tyson Barrie: #Canucks , #Flames , #VegasBorn , #LetsGoCanes. Only way Barrie gets dealt is if TOR finds better fit on D, or gets pieces to flip for that better fit.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 21, 2020
The full clip of what Frank had to say can be found here.  But we’ll break down some of the suspected trades below
One for One, Tyson Barrie for T.J. Brodie
This is obviously the most straight forward, and if there is the potential to get Brodie signed to a reasonable contract in Toronto for a few years, it’s …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

5 trades the Leafs could make that would make their roster worse

Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen are both pretty good hockey players, but the Leafs have a lot of pretty good hockey players. It would not be wise to trade these guys for worse hockey players, but NHL general managers make bad decisions all the time. Instead of pushing for some hypothetical trades that the Leafs could do to make their roster better and more likely to compete for a playoff spot and hopefully the Stanley Cup, here are five moves that the Leafs could do if they just really wanted to sewer themselves.
Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen to Calgary for Milan Lucic
This one is about as easy as it gets when it comes to bad deals. For some reason, the Calgary Flames felt the best way to deal with their James-Neal-isn’t-scoring-problem was to trade him for one of the worst players in the league. The Leafs could make an even worse deal, by packaging Johnsson’s cap hit of $3.4 million alongside Kapanen’s $3.2 million to easily make up the $6 million Lucic makes. Of course, Lucic would have to waive his no trade clause, so this one might not come to fruition.
Kasperi Kapanen and …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation

Everything goes well, Leafs win 3-2 at home to takes series lead

Thanks to massive goals from Andreas Johnsson, Auston Matthews and Trevor Moore, the Leafs take Game 3 and the series lead over the Boston Bruins.
Although the Leafs lost the shot battle 36-34, they were able to keep the pressure on the Bruins all-game-long. Scoring two important powerplay goals and actually getting some penalty calls were able to keep the Leafs in the game.
To set up the first goal of the game, the fourth line had a massive play and continued it throughout the game. Gauthier, Ennis, and the goalscorer Trevor Moore had important roles to play and did them well.
Matthews had a goal and an assist as well — hopefully to start his hot streak to pull the series out for the Leafs.
The Leafs win 3-2 and have the chance to take a two-game lead in the series at home on Wednesday.
The Leafs had a red-hot start to the game, controlling the play right from the beginning. A key shift to set the mood from start came from the fourth line, appearing almost like a powerplay shift and hemming the Bruins into their own zone.
Through the first eight minutes of even-strength hockey, the Leafs were …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation