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Will the Leafs trade Luke Schenn?

Jun 11, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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Expect to hear Luke Schenn’s name a lot leading up to the draft. The 22-year-old defenseman is coming off a tough season with the Maple Leafs and there are those who believe he could use a fresh start somewhere else to regain his confidence.

Schenn’s name came up repeatedly prior to the trade deadline, often in connection with Philadelphia’s James van Riemsdyk.

More recently, there’s been chatter he could end up in Edmonton (as part of a trade for the Oilers’ first overall pick) or even Vancouver (with Roberto Luongo heading the other way).

Schenn is an interesting case. The fifth overall pick in the 2008 draft was impressive as a 19-year-old rookie, but he struggled as a sophomore. He bounced back his third season, then fell back again in his fourth.

Perhaps Schenn continues the pattern and has a solid fifth season in Toronto. However, for now, the Leafs’ top four consists of Dion Phaneuf, Carl Gunnarson, Jake Gardiner and John-Michael Liles. Then there’s Cody Franson and Mike Komisarek, plus a few Marlies that could make the jump soon.

Schenn has four years left on a contract with a cap hit of $3.6 million. He’s not a particularly great skater, and he could definitely cut down on the glaring giveaways. However, he’s still young, and for a team looking for some toughness on the back end, he could be a fit.

  1. davebabychreturns - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Depending on what Randy Carlyle thinks he can do with Schenn (let’s not forget he’s played four years in a system that forbids defenders taking a hand off their stick at any time – not exactly helpful for a guy with limited mobility), it would be foolish of the Leafs to move him when his value pretty much cannot get any lower.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be the first foolish move that team makes. Or the second…

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    LOL Mike Komisarek

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Schenn, Reimer and a first for JVR and Bob is what I heard all year… Then I heard Philly want Franson over Schenn. I think it’s a decent trade….
    The leafs get size and skill up front with a better goalie and the flyers get a real back up with a bit of D they need.

  4. scotloucks - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Luongo to Toronto is a ridiculous rumour.
    Why Toronto fans and media alike continue to perpetuate it is beyond me.
    The contract that Luongo is carrying is an albatross. It is also the type of contract the
    Burke has been very outspoken against.
    As for the trade up with Edmonton, I don’t know how good this Yakupov really is, but 3 of the top 6 in the rankings are defensemen, so it would be a great trade for Edmonton. Not so sure about the Leafs.

    • kitshky - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      You’re right about it being ridiculous …but you’re not exactly right about why. A $5.3 million dollar cap hit with a buy out option in year 6 for a goaltender of Luongo’s status and resume isn’t the reason it shouldnt happen.

      The fact that it would be ridiculous for a guy who wants to actually win something going to a team that is nowhere near to winning anything more substantial than (maybe) a playoff round, and the fact that Toronto is literally the only market where the media scrutiny would be worse than Vancouver … is why the deal should never happen.

      (and ya you’re right about Burke complaining about the contracts but …would anyone be surprised to see him flip flop on that one?)

  5. scotloucks - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Year 6 has nothing to do with it.
    It has 10 years to run at that 5.3m cap hit. That is why it is an albatross.
    As for your cheap shot at the Leafs, Luongo put Toronto on his llist, talk to him about “wanting to win”.
    btw: Give me an example of the last “flip flop” out of Burke.

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