Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 06/26/12 at 01:04 AM ET
Bruce MacLeod used to be our Anti-Digger. He was replaced by Chuck Pleiness. Now Chuck brings us a ditty that I said weeks ago would be something that would make us feel warm and happy. Tick Tock agrees.
“He’s close to being an NHL defenseman,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s a young player. We’re prepared to give him the opportunity to be on our team.”
Schultz, who turns 22 on July 6 and played three seasons at Wisconsin, was drafted by Anaheim in 2008 prior to starting college, 43rd overall, but couldn’t reach a deal with the Ducks, who had until Sunday before he could begin talks on a contract with any other team.
And the Wings seem prepared to get a deal done.
I just don’t see the great risk. It’s a chance and it’s outside the box as far as the Wings are concerned but when you lose the greatest defenseman ever, why not take a shot at a kid so many feel is going to be so good?
If you’re an Eeyore and looking for something, anything, to be pessimistic about? You can view Ken Holland’s public admission of interest as a disturbing sign that he feels Suter may be slipping away. Add in the Brunner “signing” and Uncle Mike’s public declaration of affection and you could say the same horrible thing about Parise.
But we know this: we have significant, gaping holes on the blue line and everyone but like two commenters here feel Schultz has tremendous upside.
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