Leading up to the trade deadline yesterday there was plenty of speculation about the future of Tyson Barrie. Several teams had inquired on the defenseman, but when it was all said and done he was still part of the Toronto Maple Leafs and ready to try and get them to the playoffs. Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports that Barrie was only told he wasn’t going to be traded shortly before the deadline, confirming that he was available if the right package came along.
Bob McKenzie was on TSN radio in Vancouver today, explaining just how that package didn’t materialize. The insider explained that the Maple Leafs set a price for Barrie comparable to the Kevin Shattenkirk trade from a few years ago, but only received offers similar to the ones that landed Sami Vatanen and Erik Gustafsson.
- The AHL may be looking outside the box for its next head coach, as Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports that David Nemirovsky has an offer–though he doesn’t reveal with which team. Nemirovsky is currently a head coach in the KHL and as Eronko notes no coach has ever gone the KHL-to-AHL route.
- Speaking of the AHL, the league announced several suspensions earlier today. Ryan White of the Manitoba Moose, Antoine Waked of the Laval Rocket and Jermaine Loewen of the Chicago Wolves were all issued bans.