Luke Schenn snubs the Maple Leafs on Day 1 of Free Agency.
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Luke Schenn snubs the Maple Leafs on Day 1 of Free Agency.

In spite of the fact that there were rumors the two sides were working on a deal, it would appear the Maple Leafs have been outbid.

Jonathan Larivee

Since the 2022-23 National Hockey League season came to an end for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the hands of the Florida Panthers in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, all eyes have been on the organization's roster.

There have been plenty of questions about who will be back next season, and perhaps more importantly who won't be, but one name that most seemed to believe would be returning was that of veteran defenseman Luke Schenn.

There have been numerous reports suggesting that the two sides were working hard on getting a deal done, but with free agency now officially open in the NHL it would seem things have changed.

According to a report from NHL insider Chris Johnston in the early hours of Saturday morning, Schenn and his camp now appear to have been lured by another NHL organization. Johnston has not provided any details regarding where Schenn may end up, but according to the insider a "hefty offer" has now pried him away from the Maple Leafs.

The Leafs were likely counting on Schenn to be a solid, and affordable, option on their blue line come next season and they will now be forced to scramble to find a suitable replacement either via trade or free agency.

As for Schenn himself, at this stage of his NHL career he likely doesn't have very many contracts remaining in his future and you can hardly blame the veteran defenseman for cashing in while he can.