Burke keeps trade avenues open

Defenceman Luke Schenn, now seen as a prime trade candidate with Tuesday’s four-year, $15 million US contract extension for John-Michael Liles, has been waiting four years to be a part of a winning Leaf team and has no desire to go now.

“The guys we have right now are obviously thinking they’ll be part of things here in the future,” Schenn said Tuesday.

He’s already had a talk with the general manager after his name seeped into trade banter for Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk earlier this month.

“We want to get ourselves into the playoffs,” Schenn added. “(Trades) are the business side of hockey and we really can’t focus on that. There’s a lot of talk and speculation outside, but that’s out of our control.

“I was talking to my roommate Cody Franson and he said he’s never dealt with anything like this (before arriving this season). He said in Nashville, there might be a bit of rumbling on the day of the deadline, but not a month or two in advance. “That’s part of being in Toronto.”

Of the 20 men that celebrated the back-to-back wins on Tuesday night in Long Island, some likely won’t be around for the final 33 regular season games. Part of that is internal dynamics, because Liles and winger Colby Armstrong will be back after the break. Both Armstrong and Darryl Boyce can’t be accommodated under the 23-man roster if no one gets demoted or traded in the meantime.


10 Responses to Burke keeps trade avenues open

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    I'll save you the time of reading this article, it sums up as:

    A leafs might be traded after the all-star break and before the trade deadline; it might be Schenn.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    Are you sure, you could have been mislead?….lol. You know what I want to know, what kinda GM doesn't keep trade avenues open? lol….like WTF?

  3. JoelLeafs says:

    It's like whoever was *****ing about Thomas making vague political statements that added nothing the other day. Hello, this is pretty much all that athletes do in the media, make generic statements. This article is like saying "we just have to give it our all out there, keep getting pucks on net, outplay the opponent, 110 percent, etc."… ugh

  4. mojo19 says:

    Lombardi is pretty hot going into the all-star break and with lots of scouts at recent games I think we might have a chance to move him for some kind of return. I like Lombo, I think he's a solid 3rd line player who can move up to the 2nd line in a pinch, but I also feel that we can replace him with guys like Frattin, or the injured Armstrong, etc. So now might be a good time to unload the salary and maybe get a draft pick back while were at it. Say a 4th rounder?

    Another interesting option to shop could be Colby Armstrong, even though he's a good player, he's replaceable from within as well.

    I think we could dump off Lombo, Colby, and maybe (just maybe) Grabovski, provided we bring in a talented forward or two. Then we would be in better financial shape going into next season. All these guys are good role players, but replaceable. Again Grabo is only a maybe if we can get a good return, and if were bringing in a good player (say in a seperate deal for Schenn or something)

  5. MystifoLeafs says:

    I like Lombardi and was pretty pumped when we got him seeing how I wanted the leafs to try and sign him when he was a UFA but I digress. He is playing well now and could mean something to teams like St.Louis who are in dire need of scoring. As for Grabovski I like the guy and would love to see him stay around, I mean not every player plays the same style he does and the heart he plays with is really hard to replace but if the right return can come back then I would not be disappointed. Again could see Grabovski going to St.Louis, Nashville or even Pittsburgh seeing how they are in a world of hurt injury wise.

  6. MystifoLeafs says:

    Also have not seen you post in a while Mojo I thought you went on some "Hippy" adventure and forgot to invite the rest of us "Diluted" leaf fans.

  7. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Even when he did play…When was Colby Amstrong good this year? He was extremely poor and brought no intensity at all this year like last.

  8. JoelLeafs says:

    Team Chara looks pretty good… Yeah yeah, it has all the leafs, but overall I'd put my money on them. Wounder what the Vegas odds will be…

  9. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Yeah team Alfredsson has a bunch of sens, total garb..

  10. toronto77 says:

    Grabo is one of the few players that actually can not be replaced from within, makes no sense trading him.

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