A busy day in Leafs Nation, as we sit now less than 48 hours before the puck drops on the 2008-09 season. Among the moves was the signing of Luke Schenn.
Yesterday the Maple Leafs announced Schenn would be sticking around with the big club, at least for the nine-game loophole run.
Then today, in a move first reported here last week by yours truly, Luke Schenn put the pen to paper with the Maple Leafs and signed a three-year entry level deal. The deal will pay the young blueliner $875,000 per year, plus possible bonuses.
Here is a look at some other news making news today in Leafs Nation:
Devereaux, Kronwall waived
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they have waived forward Boyd Devereaux and defenseman Staffan Kronwall.
Kronwall isn't surprising at all. The Leafs currently have a surplus of blueliners, and I personally don't think he ever did much to stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Devereaux, meanwhile, surprised me a little. I always liked Devereaux, and when he came to Toronto in 2006 I was thoroughly impressed with the speed and hard work he put forth every time he hit the ice. But I guess it had been made obvious by the play of John Mitchell that Devereaux's job clearly wasn't safe.
Should both players clear waivers, it is expected they will report to the AHL Toronto Marlies.
Hollweg Suspended Two Games
Maple Leafs forward Ryan Hollweg was automatically suspended by the NHL for having received his two game misconducts in such a short period of time.
Hollweg will miss Thursday night's opener, as well as Saturday's home opener against the Canadiens.
Be sure to check back to BR tomorrow, as I take an in-depth look at the roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs and ponder what just what to expect this hockey season with "Ten Burning Questions."