Buzz: Justin Schultz Isn’t Gonna Be A Ranger

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.

Buzz: Conflicting Justin Schultz Reports

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

BUZZ: Justin Schultz To Make A Decision Tomorrow

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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Buzz: John Tortorella and Ryan McDonagh Were In The Justin Schultz Meeting

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.


Adam Rotter: The Rangers sent their best team to recruit Schultz and maybe it was enough to sway him. All reports seem to indicate that he wants to play in Canada, but the Rangers present such an interesting opportunity for him, to be with two former teammates, one in McDonagh who was in the same situation, and play a big role on a cup contending team. It isn’t home, like Vancouver is, but it’s a big opportunity for him.

Buzz: The Rangers Are On Justin Schultz’s Short List [Update]

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”

11AM: Bob McKenzie confirms that the Rangers are on the list.

10:59AM: LeBrun tweets that Ottawa and Toronto are both on the list as well.

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Read: Justin Schultz Will Be The Hardest Worker On Your Team

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.”

On the kind of player that Schultz is, Custance spoke to a scout who said, “This guy can shoot the puck. This is a guy who can walk the blue line on the power play with his head up all the time. He can fire wrist shots, he can pick holes. He can one-time it, but you’ll see him score more goals on a wrister through screens. Every game I saw this kid play the last two years, I left going ‘This kid is going to play.’ He’s a top-four guy, probably top three with power-play ability. He can step in the NHL next year and play. He’s going to run a power play.”

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Read: Being Careful With Justin Schultz

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.”