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Leafs Top Pending UFA Wanting a Long-term Deal

Published June 7, 2023 at 7:06 PM
BY S. HARPER
     
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Former Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas made significant moves during this season's trade deadline to bolster the team for the playoffs. One of the most surprising moves was reacquiring defenseman Luke Schenn from the Vancouver Canucks. Schenn played alongside Morgan Rielly and had an outstanding performance upon his return to the Leafs Nation.

Luke Schenn Made A Impact In Toronto



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However, Schenn's future with the Toronto Maple Leafs is uncertain as he is now heading into the summer as a pending unrestricted free agent (UFA). His previous two-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks has expired, and he was reportedly in contract negotiations with former GM Kyle Dubas. With Brad Treliving now in charge, Schenn's situation has become unclear.

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Schenn Looking For a Longer-term Deal



During a recent interview on "Leafs Morning Take" with Nick Alberga and co-host Jay Rosehill, Schenn expressed his desire to sign a contract that extends beyond just a year. He mentioned the challenges he has faced in constantly moving his family 8 or 9 times over the past 5-6 seasons, particularly with young children. Schenn seeks a stable environment for at least a couple of years.

"It's fine when it's just you and your wife at the start, but when you start having multiple kids, it gets a little bit much. You're just hauling everything... You can't travel light anymore. And then on top of that, we did it in the midst of having a newborn. It was crazy-hectic times, and it would be nice to settle down somewhere for sure for a few years," Schenn stated, emphasizing his desire for a longer-term deal.

Schenn's contributions to the team were valued higher than his current salary of $850,000 per year. It seems reasonable that if Schenn and Treliving can work out a 2-3 year deal where Schenn earns $1 to $1.5 million annually, it would be a no-brainer. Schenn's toughness is a crucial asset that all teams, especially in the playoffs, require.

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