Leafs looking to add a defenceman

General manager Brian Burke has cleared some cap space with trades, and he’s looking to add a defenceman before the clock strikes on NHL trades in one week.

Though Burke will be in the free-agent hunt on July 1, the core of young players as it stands probably will be part of the 2011-12 Leafs.

The bigger question might be whether Ron Wilson still is around to coach them.

That aside, the 21-year-old Schenn, who’s developing into the kind of player and person to be the next captain if Phaneuf eventually moves on, simply is glad the dark days might be mostly in the past.

“Starting out when you are 18 and being around losing, it is no fun, and being honest, it was tough the past couple of years,” Schenn said. “Now, it is starting to be a little more exciting. You’re starting to see the upside we have and the potential, guys coming in here and working hard.