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.
McKenzie adds that he thinks Schultz’s list will only be five teams.
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.
McKenzie tweets that Schultz can’t sign until July 1 but it is expected that he will pick his team before Sunday.
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.
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.
Since the money will be the same from every team, Schultz says that the Rangers can offer him the chance to play on a cup contending team, the chance to play with his former teammates Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan.
He also notes that the Rangers will promote the fact that John Torotrella, over the last two seasons, has given college players like Stepan, McDonagh, Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider big roles.
Brooks says that the Rangers, Canucks, Oilers, Maple Leafs and maybe the Blackhawks and Red Wings are expected to be on Schultz’s short list.
Adam Rotter: Each of those teams has a feature that can appeal to Schultz. Vancouver is home and has a shot to win, Edmonton is filled with young forwards and need defensemen, Toronto has his good friend Jake Gardiner and Brian Burke and like the Rangers, the Red Wings and Blackhawks give him a chance to step in to a big role on a contending team.
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.
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.
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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Adam Rotter: If the Rangers sign Schultz there will be no guarantee that he will make the team. Schultz has two former teammates that took different roads to their spots on the Rangers that can offer advice: Derek Stepan won his spot out of camp and Ryan McDonagh had to be sent down before being called up and establishing himself.
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.”
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.
Gardiner and Schultz were teammates at Wisconsin.
Matheson has mentioned the Rangers strong chances in Schultz since early April.
It is believed that Schultz wants to be guaranteed a spot on the NHL roster to start the season.
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Adam Rotter: It certainly doesn’t hurt the Rangers that they have Stepan and McDonagh, but they aren’t the only team that has former teammates of his. Detroit has Brendan Smith and Toronto has Jake Gardiner. Craig Smith is in Nashville and Blake Geoffrion is in Montreal. The money is going to be the same anywhere, so it will be up to Schultz to decide which situation he wants to put himself in.