Toronto and Luke Schenn continue to work towards a deal according to Damien Cox at The Toronto Star. It seems that the slow pace of the talks is based largely on the two sides differing opinions, according to the article.
Not that Brian Burke or anyone in Toronto think that Schenn is not a top defenseman and a large piece of their build for the future and back to the playoffs. What concerns the Maple Leafs is the large leap in money that Schenn will be looking to secure in this second NHL contract.
Look for a multiple year commitment to be worked out between the sides, but if it continues to take time, do not be surprised. The Leafs have to make the most prudent decision they can regarding term and dollar amount.
It is a difficult place to be in. Toronto clearly wants to move forward with Schenn under contract, yet he is still young enough that overpaying him could have undesired consequences in the future.
Also complicating matters are the Shea Weber decision and the Drew Doughty saga since it has similarities to Schenn's deal.
Weber's situation just raises the bar for defensive contracts. You would not be wrong to argue that Schenn is not close to Weber yet.
But if you're Schenn's agent, you got to project where the market is going and what price it is willing to dictate. If he's going to give up years, then they will want as much cash as possible. That should not stun anyone in sports in 2011, but just in case you were a bit misguided there it was.
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