This is the first part of my transcript of yesterday's Leafs media day. It focuses primarily on Luke's deal, with the majority of the quotes coming from our general manager. Part two is coming to you on Monday, with quotes from other players and Ron Wilson for the media day itself.
Brian Burke on life, universe and Schenn's deal:
â€œWe intend to spend to the cap. He havenâ€™t spent to the cap since Iâ€™ve been here, but thatâ€™s why you have to work hard at these contracts and Don Meehanâ€™s group did a really good job on Lukeâ€™s side and Claude Loiselle did a really good job on our side. I think the deal reached was fair and am very pleased to announce Luke Schenn is a Leaf for five more yearsâ€¦â€
As are we. At 3.6 mil. Schenn deal is fair value, especially given the term of the contract. Luke has been a vital cog for this team, led us in hits in the each of the last three years and will keep progressing along with the likes of Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel, Keith Aulie etc. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native also led the Maple Leafs in blocked shots with 168, and was the only player in the NHL to have over 250 hits and at least 150 blocked shots last season.Â If youâ€™re a Leafs fan, this is the news you were waiting to hear all summer long.