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Trade rumors catch Sasha Barkov, Panthers by surprise

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Sasha Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers pose in the team locker room. // @GeorgeRichards

For the first time since he has been a member of the Florida Panthers, Sasha Barkov’s name has been brought up in trade rumors.

On Thursday night, TSN NHL Insider Frank Seravalli reported that Barkov is a player general managers around the league were checking up on to see if he is available.

Barkov, who has been with the Panthers since he was the third overall pick in 2013, has two seasons left on his contract at a very team-friendly price of $5.9 million per.

Seravalli’s report was based on whether Florida will be able to sign Barkov to a new deal, and if not, would they trade him?

And that, he surmised, is why other GMs are calling Florida’s Bill Zito to see if Barkov is indeed available.

News flash: He is not.

Those GMs checking in to see who is available are hearing Keith Yandle, yes; Sasha Barkov no.

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