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“Blue-chip” prospect Justin Schultz ready to sign NHL contract – but probably not with the Ducks

May 25, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

Justin Schultz,  Zach Budish AP

The Justin Schultz sweepstakes looks like it’s about to heat up.

Bob McKenzie reports that Schultz “de-registered” from the University of Wisconsin, which makes him eligible to sign an entry-level contract. The Anaheim Ducks drafted him in the second round in 2008, but all that gives them is a 30-day window to sign the hot prospect. McKenzie indicates that Schultz won’t sign with Anaheim, which means that the Ducks might be best served to trade his rights to a team with a chance to nab him.

It might be a while before we hear anything concrete about an actual signing, however, as he won’t be able to ink a deal until free agency officially begins on July 1.

In the mean time, fans of defense-needy teams can feel free to daydream about adding the WCHA defenseman of the year to their mix. McKenzie argues that Schultz might be the most desirable UFA behind Ryan Suter and Zach Parise this summer.

  1. broadstbully33 - May 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    come to philly justin you will fit in great with coby gross tim and new guy suter and not to mention be able to play with the best player in the world. Not to mention that dude parise. haha dreamin big

    • danphipps01 - May 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      You could land Suter, Parise, Schultz, Weber and convince Wayne freaking Gretzky to come out of retirement – you’re still not making so much as the conference finals with your pet headcase in net.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 25, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Whoever signs him will be welcomed by a tampering charge. Anaheim has been building a case for months.

  3. murtdurt - May 26, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    ^ agreed. I love how every single available player ‘wants’ to go to Philly. They must have some special cap power to fit parise, suter, Nash and every other big name under their cap with already monster contracts like briere Hartnell and the signing of the decade bryzLOLov. I will be surprised if Philly actually gets ANY big name this summer their free agency without having to trade away future talent

  4. lordfletcher - May 26, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I wonder what his value would be for a trade. If it was for a draft pick, would it be a top ten pick? You would have to be guaranteed he would sign with that team of course but you have to imagine his stock couldn’t be any higher right now and most teams would be willing to foot the bill (if they could)

    Tampa Bay, maybe Buffalo makes sense to me…. Edmonton could package a bunch of picks and possibly Minnesota but I don’t know if they would want to part with their #7 ????

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