lol you can lock this trade about Schenn. Dreger just confirmed on TSN, Burke is keeping Luke Schenn.
Why not? People are complaining about our team being soft, but then include Luke Schenn in almost every one of our trade proposals. He is one of the tougher players on the team, and will get stronger and tougher with maturity. He rises to the physicality of the opponent, a dman you will need for any deep playoff runs, and will only get better with age.
Burke is playing his veterans leading up to the deadline -- like he did before last years trades etc. Once he moves a couple bodies for assets there will be room for everyone's man crushes. And when he does it move a dman it'll be nice having Franson around.
Unless of course Franson is the one traded for forward help in order to upgrade on Lombardi if Burke thinks that would make the team better by using defense depth to improve the forwards.
I hope you're right that Burke is actively shopping Lombardi. Connolly, Komisarek etc to try and rid Leafs of those contracts/players and try and improve on them through trades.