The Toronto Maple Leafs and new general manager Brad Treliving has a lot of tough decisions to make this summer ahead of the 2023-24 season.
One of the decisions that need to be made concerns defenseman Luke Schenn, who is reportedly seeking term and trade protection on a new deal to stay in Toronto. According to Rick Dhaliwal, talks between Schenn’s camp and the team are ongoing with the veteran defenseman seeking a raise and stability.
“Schenn is obviously going to get a well-deserved bump in pay, but he’s obviously going to look for some term, no surprise there and some trade protection after bouncing around so much the last few years,” Dhaliwal said on his Donnie and Dhali show.
Schenn is seeking a raise from his two-year, $1.7 million contract he signed with the Vancouver Canucks in 2021. While he is looking for stability for he and his family, the blue liner hasn’t been on a contract longer than two years since 2015, and hasn’t earned more than $1.25 million in a season in that same span. According to Cap Friendly, the Leafs have $9.1 million in salary cap space for next season, with the NHL salary cap limit listed as $83.5 million.
Dhaliwal also added that GM Treliving was in pursuit of Schenn in February while with the Calgary Flames, but the Maple Leafs ended up acquiring him from the Canucks in February in exchange for a third-round draft pick. Toronto traded for
Schenn in the hopes that he would be a bottom-pair or seventh defensive option, however, the veteran came in much stronger and ended up playing top-four minutes alongside Morgan Rielly during the postseason.
Talks are ongoing between Schenn and the Maple Leafs and if an agreement is made it will be the first transaction under Treliving since he took over as general manager in Toronto.
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