***UPDATE: Schultz agreed to terms with Edmonton.
In the end, the Wisconsin connection just wasn’t enough.
New York made it to the final six in the Justin Schultz sweepstakes, but in the end the 21-year-old Badgers defenseman chose to play elsewhere. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Schultz won’t be joining the Rangers, meaning he’ll end up with Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, or Edmonton.
However, all week it was rumored that Schultz preferred to play closer to his Kelowna home in Western Canada.
There’s no one to blame here. GM Glen Sather did all he could to bring Schultz on board, but he didn’t have the ability to outbid other teams financially, so Schultz’s decision really came down to personal preference.
Rumors have been swirling all morning about Schultz and the potential domino effect his signing could initiate, perhaps culminating with a trade for Rick Nash. But with Schultz now out of the picture, it’s still a complete mystery how the next 24 hours will play out for the Blueshirts.