NHL Trades: Toronto Maple Leafs Aren't Going to Let Luke Shenn Go Anywhere

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 1:  Luke Schenn #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs fires a hard pass up ice in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 1, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Penguins 1-0. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Any team that had taken a liking to Luke Shenn and was eying him on the trade market needs to tuck away that desire and move on, because he is not going anywhere. 

The fact that Schenn is a sought-after player is not surprising. He is a talented defenceman and just 22 years old. 

Kevin McGran of thestar.com gives us a taste of the multitude of trade interest and rumors involving Schenn:

Schenn’s name has been linked to trades with the Leafs for the past couple of months. The strongest rumour had him packaged off to Philadelphia. The Flyers need defencemen. The Leafs have a pile of good young ones. The Leafs need a big forward. And the Flyers have one—James van Riemsdyk—they’re prepared to part with.

However, Toronto is currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, and they have little motivation to give away a talented young player. 

David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period confirms this notion:

On good authority, TOR has not offered Schenn to a single team. They insist he's staying unless amazing offer comes their way but unlikely

— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) February 21, 2012

The translation: Unless some team wants to widely overpay for Schenn, he isn't going anywhere. 

While this could just be an attempt to lure a team into overpaying, the fact remains that that isn't likely to happen. 

Schenn is a Maple Leaf, and he will continue to be a Maple Leaf after the season.