On January 25th the Toronto Maple Leafs announced they were signing veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles to a four-year $15.5 million contract extension, and with that announcement came more rumors that defenseman Luke Schenn was going to be on the trading block.
We have already discussed the good, bad and the ugly of trading Luke Schenn, with the majority of Leaf fans feeling that, if the return was great enough, i.e.: a top-six forward, then Burke would have their blessing to trade Schenn—a player that was thought to be untouchable as little as last season.
Also being mentioned as trade bait are forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur, two members of the highly successful “MacRussian” line that took the NHL by storm last season but has not lived up to expectations in 2011-12.
With Schenn, MacArthur and Grabovski on the trade market, Burke has three players that should garner plenty of interest from NHL teams looking to acquire one of these players independently or a combi...