Just a quick note, since I’m headed out the door to work. In case you didn’t notice there’s been very little mention of Luke Schenn’s failure to sign a new contract leading up to the start of training camp today. That’s because I hate getting sucked into endless speculation generated by the media circus and mainly the “rumor-mongering” element here in the hockey blogosphere. There was no doubt in my mind that Schenn was going to sign. He spent the summer traveling to Afghanistan with GM Brian Burke, training with his teammates, and skating in optional get-togethers with them in Toronto. Anyone who truly feared Schenn leaving the Leafs, though, can finally breathe a sign of relief.
The early reports have the deal stretching over the next 5 seasons, with an average cap hit of $3.6 million. Nothing mind-boggling there, as I assumed Burke would want to get him locked up for longer than 3 years, hopefully without paying him over $4 million a season. Schenn is going to be an anchor of this club’s blueline, and don’t be surprised to see him begin to take on top-shutdown minutes in the next few seasons.
Anyways, glad to see Luke officially back on the roster, and we’ll be keeping an eye for more news out of training camp as the week progresses.