While the rest of the folks in Leafs Nation go on pulling their hair out trying to figure out how the team will land another offensive forward, thereâ€™s probably a bigger item on Brian Burkeâ€™s to-do list: negotiating Luke Schennâ€™s new contract.
Itâ€™s inevitable that this deal will get done, but much like the dealings with Nik Kulemin last summer, the price is still up in the air. Putting a cap on a playerâ€™s value is tough, and even more so when itâ€™s a young player with barrels of potential like Schenn. But Jon S of Puckineh.com has done just that, and heâ€™s done a pretty good job;
Ryan Suter’s contract of $3.5 million a season is the contract of a team’s number two defenseman, and player that can be counted on in all situations. Presently this is not Luke Schenn, though it could very well be as soon as next season.
Itâ€™s hard to disagree with this statement. Schenn could well be on his way to becoming a defenseman that logs more powerplay time and develops a minor offensive role from the blue line. Currently he isnâ€™t there, but heâ€™s showing strides to getting there, and you have to wonder how much that will play into his contract negotiations.