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Update: Schultz signs with Edmonton

Original Post: Bob McKenzie tweets Justin Schultz is not going to pick the Rangers and are now out the running for his services.

Darren Dreger confirms and Larry Brooks tweets the Rangers have been alerted they are out.

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Steve Zipay tweets that he hears the Rangers could be the team that Justin Schultz picks this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Andy Strickland, who last year was the first to report that Brad Richards had picked the Rangers and that Artem Anisimov had signed a new contract, tweets that Ottawa and Edmonton are the final two teams for Schultz.

Strickland notes that a third team is also in the mix

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Bob McKenzie of TSN tweets that free-agent defenseman Justin Schultz will make a decision sometime tomorrow where he's signing on July 1.

The New York Rangers are believed to be on the short list of teams Schultz is interested in playing for that include Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Minnesota. New York made their presentation to Schultz's camp yesterday in Toronto.

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Mike Russo of the Star Tribune tweets that the Minnesota Wild will speak face to face with Justin Schultz before free agency starts on Sunday.

It was believed that the Rangers were the only American team on Schultz's short list which included Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and Ottawa.

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, John Tortorella was part of the Rangers contingent that was giving their pitch to Justin Schultz yesterday.

Tortorella reportedly stressed the Rangers penchant for putting young players into prominent roles right out of college.

McDonagh was a teammate of Schultz's for one season at Wisconsin.

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4:12PM:? About an hour ago, Mark Spector tweeted that the Rangers were making their pitch to Justin Schultz.

Larry Brooks just tweeted that the Rangers have finished making their pitch.

11:17AM: Larry Brooks tweets?"NYR apparently only US team invited to make presentation to Schultz. Badger connection, Tortorella willingness to give ice to kids, pluses"

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At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance spoke with Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves about defenseman Justin Schultz and not just what kind of player he is, but the kind of person he is.

Eaves says, "He's pretty grounded and he's listening to the advice of his group and doing things by the letter. You don't hear things from Justin. He's keeping things close to his chest. He'll go wherever he goes and he'll be the hardest-working guy there."

Eaves adds, "He's competitive as hell and probably one of the hardest workers on the team."

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At the Toronto Star, Damien Cox writes that while talented Justin Schultz could be the latest in a long line of young, hyped UFA's that many teams are interested in.

He says that Adam Oates is an example of a player who signed as a UFA and became a star, but also mentions the cases of Mats Zuccarello, Matt Gilroy, Mike Van Ryn and Fabian Brunnstrom as player who were expected to be stars after signing.

Comparing Schultz to the last right handed FA shooting defenseman the Rangers signed out of college, Matt Gilroy, Cox says "Schultz turns 22 next month. Gilroy was 24 coming out of Boston University as a similarly sized, right-hand shooting defenceman with offensive abilities, and hyped just as much or more. He only spent five games in the minors, but has since been traded twice, with both the Rangers and Lightning deciding fairly quickly they could do better. The Leafs were after Gilroy hot and heavy back then, too, but the Rangers got him because they were willing to offer guarantees Toronto would not."

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According to Aaron Portzline, Columbus is out of the Justin Schultz sweeps and hasn't been granted a face to face meeting.

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News says that the Red Wings are also out of the Schultz sweeps.

Bob McKenzie tweets that Schultz has not talked with any teams yet but Vancouver and Edmonton are in Toronto waiting for the chance.

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According to Bob McKenzie, 26 teams have expressed interest in UFA Justin Schultz and he is likely to trim that list down to five or so teams by this afternoon.

McKenzie adds, "No teams invited yet to meet/present/offer Schultz but EDM for sure and quite likely VAN have management people in TOR waiting for chance."

Aaron Portzline tweets that Columbus has made an offer to Schultz, but he doesn't believe that they have a chance.

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11AM: Pierre LeBrun writes at ESPN.com, that Schultz and his reps are in the process of deciding on a list of teams and the belief is that he wants to play in Canada. He does note that the Rangers and Red Wings both have interesting situations for him to come into.
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10:05AM: Elliotte Friedman writes at CBC that the Toronto Maple Leafs were given a window to sign Schultz at the draft but he declined and wants to test free agency.

He says that it is still possible that Anaheim will file tampering charges against the team that signs him.

9:39AM: In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes about what the Rangers can offer Wisconsin defenseman and free agent to be Justin Schultz.

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According to a tweet from Larry Brooks the "Rangers will do whatever possible to sign Schultz to Entry Level deal...as will all clubs on expected 5-7 team list"

Brooks adds that Schultz will fly to Toronto tomorrow to begin the process of choosing a team and the plan is to start talking with clubs on Wednesday Morning.

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At The Hockey News, Ken Campbell writes that no matter what team signs UFA to be Justin Schultz, he will be signed to a deal that has a maximum cap hit of $3.8 million.

It will break down as:

  • $925,000 in base salary
  • $850,000 in signing bonus
  • $2 million in performance bonuses
Campbell says that Schultz and his representatives will start fielding offers this week but he can't sign until July 1.
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At TSN, Bob McKenzie writes that Justin Schultz will be one of the most sought after free agents and there is a strong belief that he wants to play on A Canadian team and one that will allow him to make an impact right away.

McKenzie speculates that Edmonton could be a good fit for Schultz based on their need for defensemen and chance to play right away.

Toronto is also believed to be a strong contender for Schultz due to Brian Burke being the one that drafted him and his former Wisconsin teammate Jake Gardiner being there.

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At True Hockey, Andy Strickland writes that Justin Schultz will narrow his list of suitors down following his removal from the reserve list of the Anaheim Ducks on June 25th.

On the impact that Schultz can have next season, Strickland writes "Many believe the right shot D-man can run a NHL power play next season and has the physical tools plus the hockey sense to step right into the NHL."

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In the Toronto Sun, via PHT, Lance Hornby writes of the relationship that Brian Burke and Justin Schultz have and how Burke asked for Schultz when he acquire Jake Gardiner from Anaheim.

Burke was also the one who drafted Schultz in Anaheim in 2008.

He writes that along with the Rangers, Red Wings, Oilers and Canucks, the Leafs are expected to be the top teams pursuing Schultz.

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Matheson has mentioned the Rangers strong chances in Schultz since early April.

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In the Edmonton Journal, via PHT, David Staples quotes former Tampa Bay GM Brian Lawton as saying that the team that signs Justin Schultz will have to guarantee him a roster spot.

Lawton says, ?So if you any chance to get a player like this, you?re gonna unfortunately? going to be out there on a limb in some uncomfortable positions. Because there are things you don?t want to do like guaranteeing a roster spot to a player who has not played in the league. But guess what? That is the landscape you?re dealing with. If you?re going to sit at home and say, ?I?m not going to do that,? that?s great. But you?re not going to get any players either.?

CLICK HERE for a section dedicated to just news and rumors about Schultz.

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According to Elliotte Friedman, at CBC, Anaheim Ducks draft pick Justin Schultz informed Ducks management that he doesn't intend to sign with the organization and wants to become a free agent on July 1.

This confirms what has been speculated the last few weeks about Schultz.

For a section dedicated to Schultz, CLICK HERE.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that if/when the Rangers sign free agent defenseman Justin Schultz, that would make Michael Del Zotto expendable and put him at the forefront of the Rangers trade chips.

Del Zotto is an RFA this summer.

Brooks writes that no one is suggesting the Rangers are the front runners, or a lock to sign Schultz.

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Late last month, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune said on the radio that he believes that Justin Schultz has made up his mind on what team he will sign with and is just waiting until July 1 to do so.

Russo writes that the team that signs Schultz may have to deal with some accusations from Anaheim, "I guarantee you the Anaheim Ducks will go after them with a tampering charge, because the Anaheim Ducks have been building that case for the last couple of months. They have all sorts of e-mails from him basically saying, ?I'm coming there, I'm coming there,' and suddenly, for some reason, he's not coming there."

Russo believes that Toronto is the team that will sign Schultz. Bob McKenzie tweeted yesterday that he wouldn't be surprised if Schultz landed with a team in Canada.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers have pinpointed their need for a right defenseman to slot in after Dan Girardi as their top priority.

Brooks writes that Justin Schultz will be the defenseman first on the Rangers list.

Some right handed UFA defenseman include Michal Rozsival, Dennis Wideman, Pavel Kubina, Joe Corvo and Sami Salo.

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1:12PM: Darren Dreger writes at TSN that the Rangers will show considerable interest in Schultz.

11:45AM: At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that Justin Schultz will have a lot of options to consider when he becomes a free agent, and says that the Rangers shouldn't be overlooked as one of those options.

He says that having two former teammates, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh along with the Rangers not being shy about putting college players into important roles could help them.

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8:01PM: Bob McKenzie said on Insider Trading that it is unlikely that the Ducks will be able to trade the rights to Schultz but that teams like the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, among others, are going to strongly pursue Schultz.

2:06PM: At the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes that one direction that the Detroit Red Wings may go in to replace Nick Lidstrom would be to sign free agent to-be Justin Schultz.

Matheson writes that the Rangers and Oilers are "hot to trot" to try and sign Schultz.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that due to the uncertainty around Michael Sauer, the Rangers are expected to go "all in" for pending college UFA Justin Schultz.

Schultz is expected to be a UFA on July 1.

To learn more about Schultz, including who he is, what kind of player he is and whether the Rangers have a chance, CLICK HERE.

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Bob McKenzie tweeted, "Next to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Schultz may be most sought after UFA this summer. Blue chip, Top 4 offensive defenceman prospect."

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Ryan McDonagh spoke with his former Wisconsin teammate Justin Schultz recently about what his future holds.

Schultz can be a UFA on July 1 after being a second round pick of the Ducks in 2008.

McDonagh told Brooks that Schultz wouldn't tip his hand into what his future plans are.

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Michael: Who is this Justin Schultz guy that you are writing about? If he is so good, why will he be a free agent?

Adam: Schultz was a 2008 second round pick of Anaheim, a few picks before Derek Stepan, and can be a free agent this July 1 due to a clause in the CBA. Anaheim wanted to sign him and put him on defense immediately, but Schultz is weighing his options

In 2011, Schultz was ranked 59th by The Hockey News in their Future Watch issue and say that he made tremendous strides from his freshman to sophomore season. On his style of play, they wrote in 2011, "Schultz loves to handle the puck and is especially dangerous on the power play. Schultz knows when to move the puck and when to join the rush."

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According to Jim Matheson in the Edmonton Journal, most GM's think that the Rangers have the inside track to sign possible UFA Justin Shultz if he doesn't sign with Anaheim before July 1.

The belief is that Schultz may want to play with former teammates Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan.

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Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that if former Anaheim Ducks second round pick Justin Schultz becomes a free agent on July 1, the Rangers will attempt to land the former college teammate of Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh.

Brooks says that under normal circumstances the Rangers would pursue Schultz, but it may intensify with the uncertainty surrounding Michael Sauer who has been out with a concussion since December.

He is 6-1 and 185 lbs. Schultz is ranked 21st by The Hockey News in their Future Watch issue and is listed as the Ducks best prospect. He is a Hobey Baker nominee for the second straight season.

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