Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/02/12 at 10:02 AM ET
from Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
As TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie posted on his Twitter account earlier this week, the Ducks have until June 24 to sign Schultz as they had 30 days to work out a contract after the 21-year-old filed paperwork to leave the University of Wisconsin. No one has disputed that date.
But the signs are increasing that Schultz won’t sign with the Ducks and is intent on choosing to entertain offers from other teams, which can begin at 5 p.m. ET as McKenzie reported. Any team can officially sign Schultz on July 1, when he can become an unrestricted free agent.
All parties have been tight-lipped about the situation. Ducks GM Bob Murray would only say that “we’re still trying to sign him.”
The fact is Murray hasn’t been able to land the talented blue-liner despite offering the maximum allowable to a player entering his initial NHL contract. Ducks executives have been unable to convince Schultz that Anaheim is the right spot for him after his junior season with the Badgers ended back in March.
It has led to much consternation within the Ducks’ front office, which until the last few weeks has been of strong belief that Schultz wanted to play with the club. The club was ready and willing to burn the first year of a two-year entry level contract as they hoped to play him on the final three-game road trip to western Canada.
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