Confusing times for Luke Schenn

Luke Schenn admits he didn’t see it coming.

“I was pretty surprised,” the young defenceman admitted when asked on Friday for his reaction at being made a healthy scratch in the Maple Leafs 4-3 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers earlier this week. “I had friends there. I had family there.”

Judging by the look on Schenn’s face as he was explaining his feelings to reporters on Friday, there were some other words that come to mind. Gutted. Frustrated. Confused.

“It’s never fun sitting out,” Schenn said.

Nor is it enjoyable that, on a night like that, when you have been banished to the press box, your image suddenly gets splashed on both Sportsnet and TSN in regard to trade speculation. From the Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash to the Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk, Schenn’s name has been linked to a few trade scenarios.

“I guess it’s all part of playing in Toronto,” said Schenn who, as usual, handled the adversity with class rather than complain. “It’s not easy sometimes. But those things are out of my control.

“All I can do is to keep trying to play hard and improve.

“In Canada, the trade deadline pretty much has become the most important day of the year. In Toronto, people start talking about the deadline at Christmas and New Year’s already.

“I hear the stuff every year at the deadline. It’s tough, but you learn to live with it.”