Report: Luke Schenn Signs with Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed free-agent defenceman Luke Schenn to a one-year contract worth $800k, equating to  This contract carries him through the 2020-21 season.

Tampa Signs Luke Schenn

Over his 12-year NHL career, Schenn has played for seven different teams which include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Arizona Coyotes, and now the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that time, the long-time veteran recorded 31 goals and 117 assists for 148 career points in 759 career games. The Maple Leafs drafted Schenn fifth overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

During this past season, Schenn only played in 25 games with Tampa Bay, winning his first Stanley Cup while playing in 11 post-season games. Schenn recorded two assists in the post-season and one goal and two assists for three points in the regular season. While in Tampa his possession numbers are not great, with 47.4 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -8.

What’s to Come Next

With that being said, Schenn was never known for his ability to score. Instead, he provides a skillset with every team’s needs. The savvy veteran has seen his fair share of NHL locker room and now has a Cup to his name. Now that Schenn has signed his new deal, this will be his 13th season in the National Hockey League. Despite playing in only 25 games, some of the defensive-defenceman possessions numbers were good. Schenn’s PDO at even strength is through the roof at 95.2 percent and his zone start percentages stand at an even 50/50 split.

Coming into next season, whenever that may be. The Lightning have found themselves a fantastic depth defenceman who can log some heavy minutes in the defensive zone. Even though Luke Schenn is older now, turning 31 at the beginning of November, he is still a NHL defender and still has plenty of gas left in the tank to solidify the team’s back end.

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