Vancouver Canucks Rumors: Luke Schenn Sent Home, Trade Close

The Vancouver Canucks have sent defenseman Luke Schenn back home as he'll be sitting out Tuesday night's matchup against the Nashville Predators for 'trade-related reasons'.

The 33-year-ol defensive defenseman is a pending unrestricted free agent and is on the radar of several Stanley Cup contending team. Rather than risk an injury, the Canucks have decided to keep Schenn out as they advance through trade negotiations.

Schenn makes $800,000 against the cap and has appeared in 55 games recording 21 points, 258 hits and 81 blocked shots. Schenn leads the NHL in hits by 29 over New York Islanders forward Matt Martin.

As for expected destinations, word is the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers are high on Schenn and have contacted the Canucks of late to discuss a deal. It's likely a mid-level prospect and a third-round pick are heading back to Vancouver in the deal, which could be announced in the coming hours.

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