"Calgary, Vancouver, Vegas ... they're all wondering what the status is of Tyson Barrie, because they're among the teams that are looking to potentially acquire him," Johnston said during Saturday's Headlines segment on "Hockey Night in Canada." "They've certainly, at least, had some exploratory talks with the Leafs, and will have to go elsewhere depending on whether he's still gonna be moved."
Barrie temporarily left Saturday's game in the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes after going headfirst into the boards, but he returned to start the second frame.
As Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman outlined, it's not guaranteed Barrie is moved.
"The Maple Leafs believe that Cody Ceci and Morgan Rielly will be back in March," Friedman said during the segment. "And if, if they're going to trade Tyson Barrie, they're not going to do it unless they know that they can have somebody that can tie them over until everybody is healthy, plus some futures, either for themselves or to use elsewhere."
Barrie is a pending unrestricted free agent and carries a $2.75-million cap hit. He has five goals and 30 assists in 63 games this season, his first in Toronto.
The Leafs are in a battle with the Florida Panthers for third place in the Atlantic Division.