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Justin Schultz sweepstakes begin

The June 25th deadline has come and gone and as expected, Anaheim was unable to sign defenseman Justin Schultz to an Entry Level contract, meaning he’ll be a free agent on July 1st.

Schultz, 21, may actually be the most hotly pursued of all the free agents this summer because unlike Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Schultz will be relatively affordable.

Schultz is in line to make a base salary of $925k (including his signing bonus) and would be eligible for up to $2.85 million in performance bonuses.

I checked with the good people at CapGeek and learned that although Schultz could carry a total cap hit as high as $3.775 million, it’s hard to say how unachieved bonuses would affect that cap hit until the new CBA is passed.

As we’ve explained, Schultz is widely expected to be a top-four defenseman out of the gate and many believe that he’s ready to quarterback an NHL power play right now.

Those may be unfair and unrealistic expectations for a college kid, but Schultz is indeed considered to be a special prospect.

And of course, that’s why so many NHL clubs will be interested in acquiring his services.

It is now commonly thought that Schultz prefers to sign with a Canadian club, likely Vancouver, Toronto or Edmonton.  However, the Rangers have strong interest in signing Schultz and have long been mentioned as a possible destination thanks to the Wisconsin ties of Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan, both former teammates of Schultz.  We have no way of knowing how much influence they have on the young blueliner, but both players have supposedly been lobbying for Schultz to join New York.

Schultz is reportedly meeting with his agents today and will begin hearing pitches from NHL teams on Wednesday.  It’s a strong possibility that Schultz’s mind is already made up and that his intentions will become clear in the next few days, but Schultz will not be able to officially ink a deal until Sunday.

20 Responses to “Justin Schultz sweepstakes begin”

  1. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Whatever the cost, using all the allure Schultz must be signed by us and Trots must cave in and let him play and show him what he has. Rookie or not. However for the good of Schultz there must be a clause that states if he falters for the good of Shultz the team can then do as they see fit for his growth and development and make the best decision for Schultz at that time.

    I would pair Schultz with Staal as by appearance it looks like a perfect compliment for both of them. They can be the perfect 2nd pairing to McDonagh and Girardi.

    Looks like Stralman was retained with a QO. So signing him would bode well as well as Bickel and the last 2 spots can be competed for by MDZ, Erixon, Stralman and Bickel

    If Sauer returns for the 2013 season the state of the Rangers defense is in a very healthy position and the depth of the defense far better than last year.

    • wwpd says:

      must cave in? do you feel the rangers have not allowed their rookies to play? I see a roster filled with young guys. whom do you feel hasn’t gotten a chance that should have lately?

      anyway I don’t think you are going to sign this dude with a two-way contract. He can get a one way contract and he most likely will, somewhere.

      • Leatherneckinlv says:

        you missed my point…this was directed to Trots and how Sather will negotiate with Schultz

        • wwpd says:

          what is your point then? that Sather should negotiate by specifically threatening in writing a clause in the contract to not have to play Schultz? what would that achieve? i assume we are not giving out no-move clauses to untested rookies but beyond that, can you please clarify how your suggestion is supposed to help land the guy?

          “Whatever the cost” is sort of at odds with the rest of your comment.

          • Leatherneckinlv says:

            No…my point is he needs to sell coming to the Rangers…even at the cost of giving him a roster spot right off the get go

    • Jackson says:

      I see where you’re coming from, but I don’t want Torts to “cave in” to any specific player’s demands. I’d rather him keep his course of doling out ice time as it’s earned. In my opinion, that mentality is part of what developed the strong work ethic of the team as a whole.

  2. Sioux-per-man says:

    Good Luck signing him. Why not play for a cup contender right away. What does Toronto have to offer that New York doesn’t.

    If he comes in I wouldn’t be surprised if one of our top Defensive players get dealt in a deal for Ryan. It certainly open alot of doors when you can deal a top Defenseman.

    • Kevin says:

      Toronto can offer more ice time and a Canadian home, both supposedly desired by Schultz.

  3. cw says:

    This is a crucial moment for Sather. He has to pull this off. Messier and Graves need to be in on this too. ALL OUT. Sign this kid.

    • MBN says:

      It’s not going to come down to money since all the teams will be the same. It depends where the kid wants to play. I think his mind is already made up, and a decision will come real early in the process.

  4. Kevin says:

    Leather and cw: Unfortunately, I don’t think this is on Sather. It’s very clear that he wants Schultz badly, but it’s not really up to him. Schultz has a set list of things he wants from a team, most of which the Rangers can’t offer. Money will be the same, so it ultimately comes down to which team Schultz prefers to as an independent decision.
    Not necessarily in Sather’s hands.

  5. Dave says:

    This is one of those rare free agents that he gets to decide where he wants to play, and he gets to do it without taking a pay cut.

  6. SalMerc says:

    Looks like Vancouver or Ottawa are the early favorites to sign this kid. Sather should be all over it, but can’t offer him a Canadian zip-code.

  7. The Suit says:

    Doubt Schultz ends up here if he really expects to have ice time handed to him. Ice time is earned, doesn’t matter what he’s done at the college level.

  8. Sioux-per-man says:

    Who knows what Canadian address he will pick. Good 1st Round prospect. I would be surprised if he lands in New York. He realizes New York’s Defense is pretty deep, and he wouldn’t be guareteed a spot on the team. With Erixon coming out of the AHL, that only leaves one spot available. Does he jump over everyone below him without playing 1 NHL or AHL game. I doubt it.

    • Sioux-per-man says:

      But he could replace Bickel’s minutes, so you could guarentee him a spot if you had to.

      Something tells me he will be a Leaf, unless Stepan and McD can talk some sense into him.

      I wonder why he wants a Canadian Address? over his name on the Stanley Cup????

  9. Rickyrants13 says:

    I telling him he gets to play top 4 min to start out is what it takes to get him. He can take a walk. Rangers earn their time on the ice. Even if it isnt allways deserved.

    If we sign him he has to prove to us that he can play in the NHL just like everyone else.

    • Leatherneckinlv says:

      Exactly…Let him start and that keeps our promise of him in the starting line up. And then based on his performance the Team will do what is best for Schultz;s development…but give him a Roster spot if that is what it takes to sign him