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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
This just in, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman talking to Oilers uber-insider Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now and dropping a new trade rumour bombshells.
Stauffer mentioned the Oilers trying to upgrade at right defence from Justin Schultz by moving for either Sami Vatanen of Anaheim or Travis Hamonic of the Islanders, as both teams can use a scoring winger. ...
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re getting near to the end of his time with the Edmonton Oilers,” Friedman said. “I mean the writing is very much on the wall. I think it is time. I think both the organization and the player need a fresh start. It’s just not really changing there at all. I could see the Oilers not wanting to commit for whatever the salary is going to be for this year. I think there is a decent chance that a trade with him could happen.”
Friedman said he wasn’t optimistic about the New York Islanders signing winger Kyle Okposo, and Stauffer interjected that at the World Jr. tournament Islanders ace John Tavares had had success with Oilers winger Jordan Eberle.
Said Friedman: “I do believe we are getting closer to the day that Edmonton makes a move with one of its young forwards. I would say on the ranking of it probably (Jordan) Eberle one, (Ryan) Nugent-Hopkins two for a young player, for a defenceman. I think that everybody is looking at Hamonic and saying, ‘Is there going to be a match there?’ I have no doubt that that is what the Oilers are considering. I have no doubt they’re going to try to get it done.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
“I think that Justin (Schultz) has Norris Trophy potential and I don’t think there are too many people who disagree with me in that regard.” — former Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish.
The expectations that Justin Schultz and his handlers heaped upon his shoulders when he shunned Anaheim and became an unrestricted free agent back in 2012, only got worse when MacTavish uttered that fateful, flawed statement a couple of years later.
Today, Schultz is a shell of what 29 National Hockey League general managers fought over that June. He is playing out a one-year deal in Edmonton without a goal in 20 games, a so-called offensive defenceman whose point production has not come close to balancing the liability he has been in his own end through 223 career games.
“It’s what I’ve always done in college, junior…” Schultz said, when asked about producing points. “I’ve had trouble in the pro game doing it. I’ll keep working, try and get some confidence, and hopefully go from there.”
He’ll “try.” He “hopes.”
added 3:01pm, Edmonton release is below....
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In a bit of a departure from his Monday "Hockey World" entries, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson penned two very lengthy Monday-morning columns. The first focuses on the "conensus" top 4 prospects for Friday and Saturday's NHL draft in Aaron Ekblad, Leon Draisaitl, Sam Reinhart and Sam Bennett; the second column focuses on the state of the Edmonton Oilers, via a Q and A with Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish.
Matheson asks some incredibly pointed questions over the course of the lengthy Q and A:
Q: What about [Sam] Gagner? He’s been an Oiler since 2007 and a solid No. 2 centre for most of his time here. Are you trading him? He has two years left at a $4.8-million salary-cap hit ($5-million salary each of the next two seasons) and his no-trade clause doesn’t kick in until July 1.
A: He’s in the same category as everybody else. We’re all trying to improve our teams and our performance.
Q: Sam hasn’t asked for a trade like Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza, has he? Spezza wants a change of scenery with one year left on his contract.
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
Justin Schultz is not sure what to expect when he steps on the ice at the Honda Center Monday to face the Anaheim Ducks.
Perhaps the biggest boos will rain down from the seats of the Ducks executive, having failed to come to terms with the talented defenceman, allowing him to pick his destination.
Schultz will face the Ducks for the first time when the Oilers round out their four-game road trip against one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
"We'll see when game time comes, whatever happens, it is what it is," said Schultz. "I've thought about what it would be like. But I've played a lot of games before this, so we'll see what happens.
"But I think being able to get into the league and play a lot of games before coming here might make it a little easier."
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
The American Hockey League has determined that Justin Schultz is eligible to be their rookie of the year.
Jason Chaimovitch from the AHL office has done the research and informed your correspondent Tuesday Schultz looks to be legal.
“It’s an unusual circumstance but I took a look at our by-laws and I do not think there are any games-played restrictions or anything else involved on eligibility for AHL Awards,” Chaimovitch reported.
Which, while only 11 days into a 99-day season, certainly sets it up, doesn’t it?
Edmonton Oilers’ Justin Schultz could became the first player in the history of hockey to win the rookie of the year honours in two leagues in the same season!
Bob Murray on Justin Schultz: “I’m more confused than ever now. I read everything…If he had it in his mind he wanted to play in Canada..”— lisa dillman (@reallisa) July 2, 2012
More Murray: “OK, I get that. I’m a Canadian too. But Eric Lindros when he didn’t want to play in Quebec, he went to his team…”— lisa dillman (@reallisa) July 2, 2012
More Murray: “He said, No, I’m not going to play there and he allowed that team to make a move to get something for him.”— lisa dillman (@reallisa) July 2, 2012
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
It was LeBron James-like, as the Saturday afternoon unfolded, and hockey fans across the continent learned that their teams had fallen out of the Justin Schultz race, one after another.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were out. Then the New York Rangers. Then the Vancouver Canucks. Then the Minnesota Wild.
It was a day made for Twitter, as fans and hockey writers were glued to their screens, waiting for the final word. And when it came, it was from the Edmonton Oilers’ official Twitter account, so you can guess who the winner was.
“It’s proven that, all of sudden, it’s a much different place to play. It’s kind of the first free agency bidding war the Oilers have ever won,” Edmonton defenceman Ryan Whitney said. “It shows where we’re going, where we’re headed.
“Not only did every coach want the job here, players do as well. It’s got to be a big day for whole organization and all of us players. It’s great.”
via Oilers tweet,
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with Justin Schultz. More details to come.
added 4:08pm, via Mark Spector tweet,
Schultz will sign 2-year deal for $925,000 per, with a signing bonus of $92,500. Bonuses $2.85 million, for an overall cap hit of $3.775.
After meeting with his Newport representatives in Toronto, unrestricted free agent Justin Schultz is ready to talk to a shortlist of NHL teams bidding for his services.
And the young defenceman has narrowed down his list of suitors to the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers plan to include Taylor Hall on part of the pitch to bring Schultz aboard, according to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug. Coming off the selection of first overall pick Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting, Edmonton is looking to add to a young defensive core.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
As always, it’s worth wondering if it’s because of his talent — and the kid has a chunk of it — or simply because he is free, at least as of Monday. No need to trade players or prospects or picks to get him, no need to even expend a high draft selection — you just sign him.
This, going back to the days of Ray Staszak, has always caused NHL clubs to absolutely lose their minds and all perspective. Similar unrestricted young players have come on line in recent years, from Teddy Purcell to Matt Gilroy, from Fabian Brunnstrom to Jonas (The Monster) Gustavsson, from Jussi Rynnas to Mats (The Norwegian Hobbit) Zuccarello, from Christian Hanson to Tyler Bozak. Heck, once upon a time teams went bananas over Mike Van Ryn because he managed to make himself an unrestricted free agent.
They never seem to turn out to be stars. Adam Oates, signed by Detroit out of RPI back in ’85, certainly did, and he went on to a Hall of Fame career.
But sometimes, these kinds of UFAs don’t make it at all.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Prized free-agent college defenseman Justin Schultz spent Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning prepping with his representatives at Newport Sports in the Toronto area for the biggest decision in his young hockey life.
“We’re very comfortable with relation to the process we’re going through,” veteran agent Don Meehan, who heads Newport Sports, told ESPN.com Tuesday night. “We started from scratch Tuesday in terms of due diligence and sharing all the information with Justin. We’re real comfortable with where we’re at.”
Meehan and Wade Arnott of Newport are handling the Schultz file. The expectation was that once Wednesday afternoon rolled around, Newport would be open for business and ready to take calls on Schultz based on a list of teams the player and his agents will have drawn up. He’s not going to agree to terms in one day. It’s likely going to take a few days but could possibly be wrapped up by the weekend.
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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.