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Brendan Shanahan explains...
via Damien Cox tweet,
BREAKING NEWS: Toronto Star is reporting Leafs have traded Luke Schenn to Philly for James Van Riemsdyk.
added 4:55pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,
Breaking News!!!! Toronto trades Luke Schenn to Flyers for James Van RiemsDyk. Done deal
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Luke Schenn has a natural inclination to watch out for his kid brother Brayden.
And while that task would be a lot easier if both were on the same bench for the Philadelphia Flyers, that’s not quite the close proximity that Luke is thinking of right now. While gainfully employed by the Maple Leafs, there continues to be speculation Luke will somehow join Brayden in orange and black by the Feb. 27 trade deadline, if not elsewhere.
Something with the Leafs and Flyers was cooking a few weeks ago for forward James van Riemsdyk, before the Flyer winger suffered a concussion. He remains out of their lineup, while Philly is still looking for depth on defence after losing Chris Pronger.
For Thursday at least, the Schenns will be on opposite sides of the Wells Fargo Center. The six-foot, 200-pound Brayden’s place on the Flyers was unclear in the first meeting back in November.
“Knock on wood, he’s playing (regularly) there now and he’s healthy,” Luke said. “That’s good to see. I’m excited to be going down there and looking forward to having dinner with him (Wednesday night).”
note 11:55pm, The original title was a human error by me, I had Toronto instead of Philadelphia. Sorry for getting Leafs fans excited.
From James Mirtle at the Globe & Mail:
What’s rare is two sets of brothers, both on different teams, all coming together in the same game.
Tonight in Toronto, the Maple Leafs will dress Phil Kessel and Luke Schenn in order to get them into the preseason lineup against their brothers, Philadelphia Flyers prospects Blake Kessel and Brayden Schenn, a situation that’s creating a bit of a stir leading up to the game.
Leafs coach Ron Wilson said Schenn requested before the season started that he be allowed to play in this game.
“He was texting, calling me all day, to find out if I’d heard [if I was playing],” Luke Schenn said of his younger brother, who he faced once in the WHL four years ago when they were 18 and 16. “Even though it’s an exhibition game, there’s no question it’s a dream come true.”
More NHL brothers facing off tonight. From NHL.com:
When the Winnipeg Jets host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a split-squad game at 7 p.m., the Jets will have defenseman Zach Bogosian looking to shut down brother Aaron Bogosian, a forward for Columbus.
In that same Jackets-Jets game—the first one in Winnipeg in 15 years—brothers Kris and Ryan Russell will be playing together. Jonathan and David Toews will also share a bench as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Edmonton Oilers.
When the Toronto Maple Leafs open training camp on Friday, they will have Luke Schenn on the blueline.
Schenn agreed to a five-year contract with the club on Thursday night. While exact details of the deal are not known, it is believed that Schenn will earn approximately $3.5 million per season.
From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:
Drew Doughty and the Kings remained at an impasse Wednesday, but that can change with one phone call. Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings won’t pay Doughty more than the $6.8 million Anze Kopitar makes on average per season.
Further, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported late Tuesday night that the Kings won’t do a deal for less than seven years.
In a nutshell, both term and salary remain an issue. But like I said, it just takes one phone call.
continued with updates on Luke Schenn, Zach Bogosian and others
via Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
An NHL source indicated on Tuesday that a new contract for Schenn “should be done by Friday.”
In other words, the expectation is Schenn will be at camp on the first day, when players undergo medicals.
Schenn’s agent, Don Meehan, and the Leafs have been negotiating on a new pact for several weeks. Two other young NHL defencemen, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Zach Bogosian of the Winnipeg Jets, also are without contracts as the start of training camp approaches.
...Bogosian, like Doughty and Schenn, appears to have a very bright future no matter where he lands. But in a day and age when some general managers are over paying certain players, they seem to be the victims of a little common sense.
-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet where you can read more on the three RFAs.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Another week has gone by without any progress on a new contract for restricted free-agent defenceman Luke Schenn.
“Nothing new,” agent Don Meehan said Friday, though both sides keep insisting they aren’t in a hurry. Both are examining everything term-wise from two years and higher.
Meehan also represents defenceman Drew Doughty, who was chosen three spots head of Schenn in the 2008 draft by Los Angeles.
Contract talks are also moving slowly on that front, which could pre-empt any deal with Schenn.
“I think it’s fair to say that in the last conversation, we set the parameters, as to where we feel (Doughty’s) contract should be,” Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi told the Kings Insider website this week. “We talked about a number of scenarios, and I guess now it’s their move.”
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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
“They’re different circumstances altogether,” said Schenn’s agent Don Meehan. “That player (Weber) is on his third contract, Luke’s on his second; different ages. Not in any respect (are they comparable).”
Weber was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman last season — the award was won by Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom — and is coming off a season in which he was not only a dominating physical force in his own end but he also recorded 48 points, including 16 goals with his net-ripping shot. (Compare that to five goals and 22 points for Schenn.)
Weber, 26, has also played five full seasons in the NHL; Schenn, 21, is coming off his entry level deal.
Meehan said nothing should be read into the fact that Schenn’s name is still not on a contract this deep into the summer. He said talks, which will continue Thursday with team cap specialist Claude Loiselle likely representing the Leafs, are very much in their infancy.
“We have lots of time before the start of training camp,” said Meehan. “We have work to do in terms of exchange of information, so I’m not concerned. Not yet.”
more on Schenn…
from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,
The good news for the Maple Leafs is that the ill-conceived decision to make Luke Schenn an NHL player at 18 apparently won’t prevent him from becoming a quality NHL player. He has improved dramatically this season, and its not inconceivable that when the time comes to start looking at names for the 2014 Canadian Olympic team, he’ll have wedged his way into the conversation.
But that’s a long, long way off. Schenn’s pedigree suggests he’ll be among the better defensive blueliners in the league by then and his development curve is upwards after a mediocre sophomore year, but that doesn’t guarantee a thing.
The downside to making Schenn an NHLer so early that can’t be changed, of course, is that the bill comes due earlier. His entry level deal will expire at the end of this season, one of 11 expiring contracts the Leafs, but probably the only one that could conceivably cause Brian Burke to lose any sleep. Sure, there’s Tomas Kaberle and J.S. Giguere, but those are contracts the Leafs may be just as happy to wipe off the books, and right now it looks like they could have upwards of $24 million (depending on the cap figure next season) to spend next summer.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
So what now, now that Schenn has tumbled to the bottom of the Leafs blueline depth chart? As hard as it might be for all concerned, Schenn needs to go to the AHL to begin to serve the apprenticeship he should have served before he played his first NHL game. It might take the rest of this season. Maybe next year as well. That’s what the minors are there for. What is it about this Leaf organization that forever makes it treat the farm like a punishment or a form of menial labour rather than a useful development tool?
from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,
The first thing Ron Wilson wants to do Friday night at the United Center is “pull the plug on the organ,” then get rid of the national anthem singer. Failing that, Wilson would settle for having Luke Schenn plugged in.
Schenn was Wilson’s fair-haired boy last season. That’s not the case any more. In a published report Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach was blunt about what awaits Schenn if he doesn’t truck out some truculence.
“Hopefully, it doesn’t come to him sitting out games to get a message across,” Wilson intoned.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The angry glare in Luke Schenn’s eyes spoke volumes when a reporter brought up his third-period stint on the bench Saturday night.
No, there wasn’t an injury behind the move and yes, he was humiliated about playing just three shifts in the Leafs’ seventh defeat (0-6-1). Welcome to Ron Wilson Roulette, where any Leaf might feel those splinters until this club wins a game.
“No one has stepped up and when you make a mistake, that’s the way it’s going to be,” Schenn said yesterday at the MasterCard Centre. “They’re going with the guys playing the best.”
That Schenn would be singled out shows how far the Leafs have slipped. Last season’s NHL’s all-rookie team member was among the most trustworthy in his own zone.
This year, first with veteran partner Francois Beauchemin and then others, Schenn has the same malaise that’s gripped the dressing room. Toronto has given up a league-high 28 goals, while four defencemen, Schenn, Tomas Kaberle, Mike Komisarek and Beauchemin are a combined minus-17.
Penguins centre Tyler Kennedy has been suspended one game by the NHL for initiating a fight with the Maple Leafs’ Luke Schenn on Saturday night.
The Leafs had asked the league to review the incident, saying that Kennedy had come off to the Pens’ bench to start an altercation with the young defenceman.
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from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
There isn’t much the Leafs can do now but tend to their injured stars and regroup.
Another frustrating night – one in which they couldn’t dial up their intensity until it was too late – was compounded by injuries to rookie defenceman Luke Schenn and talented forward Niklas Hagman.
Schenn’s loss will be significant – an estimated two weeks with a suspected left leg injury suffered in a collision with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who certainly had his wrecking ball out last night in the way he was hitting Leaf players.
Hagman took a knee to the head and, while he felt better by the end of the night, he left the game after one shift in the second period feeling “groggy.”