Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke wasn't mincing words when asked about Luke Schenn.
"I don't want to embarrass Luke," Burke said Friday, "but what you see is a classic, hard-nosed shut-down Canadian defenseman. Luke plays the game the way we all dream about finding players to play that way."
Burke backed up his statement by signing Schenn, a restricted free agent, to a new five-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released, but multiple media reports place the average annual value at $3.6 million per season.