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Tick Tock To Schultz: You Want In? We’ve Got A Spot For You

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.

Pleiness

“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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monkey's avatar

My jaw just hit the floor.  Brendan Shanahan is not a first ballot hall of famer.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 06/26/12 at 05:09 PM ET

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What I’ve seen of his video shows a promising offensive defenseman, but since I assume nobody’s looking at Schultz to be Nick’s replacement, shouldn’t Holland be concentrating on finding a defensive defenseman?  I’ve seen little evidence of a defensive game and what we need isn’t the second coming of Paul Coffey, it’s the second coming of Brad Stuart between spring 2008 and the All-Star break of 2012, unless the brass are happy winning regular season games 7-6 and being bounced in the playoffs when defense is what gets you wins.

Posted by Garth on 06/26/12 at 09:59 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Hey Jeff you talking the Belding/Greenville area?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 06/27/12 at 01:06 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Hey Jeff you talking the Belding/Greenville area?
Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 06/26/12 at 11:06 PM ET

A little further north than Belding, it’s actually about 4 miles west of Howard City (about 30 miles north of GR on US 131)

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 06/27/12 at 09:44 AM ET

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Here’s my little piece of Michigan…well as soon as the appraisal is done anyway.  Loan is approved and all that’s left is packing our shit and heading East.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 06/27/12 at 09:47 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Here’s my little piece of Michigan…well as soon as the appraisal is done anyway.  Loan is approved and all that’s left is packing our shit and heading East.

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 06/27/12 at 07:47 AM ET

Nice looking place. You’re going to be Pa Ingalls with that little house in the big woods.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 06/27/12 at 06:01 PM ET

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