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Justin Schultz appears to be headed for free agency

Jun 24, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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For a while now it’s looked like Justin Schultz was probably going to become an unrestricted free agent. At this point, it would be a shock if he decided to avoid the open market.

The Anaheim Ducks 2008 second-round draft pick has excelled with the University of Wisconsin and could make an immediate impact in the NHL.

Anaheim had an exclusive 30-day window to get something done, but as the Orange County Register points out, that period ends Sunday.

“I met quietly with their people [Thursday] night and it’s not going anywhere,” Ducks GM Bob Murray said. “Justin’s made up his mind on what he’s doing.”

All the same, Murray insisted that he would make one last attempt to get Schultz to agree to an entry-level contract.

If that doesn’t work, Schultz will be able to negotiate with any team on Monday, although he won’t be allowed to ink a contract until July 1.

The Hockey News is reporting that Schultz and his agent plan to meet on Tuesday to determine their next move.

“This one is going to be just as big as the (Zach) Parise and (Ryan) Suter,” an NHL executive said, “because of the economics of it.”

Schultz will be limited to signing an entry-level contract, so money isn’t expected to be a factor in his decision.

  1. lordfletcher - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I just want to know why he refuses to play in Anaheim… I for one think it’s a great situation for him but apparently he either wants to go home to BC or Edmonton area ????

    I think you should have to sign an entry deal for the team you were drafted by, do not like this about the current system.

  2. mojosmagic - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Don’t think it has anything to do with logistics since he played for the Badgers. Flyers should take a look if the kid has interest.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      I am sure that they will. Who do you get rid of if some how they land him? Carle is most likely gone. Maybe waive Lilja? It would be a good problem to have and not a complicated problem to solve.

  3. sharksfan754 - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Schultz doesn’t want to go to Anaheim and Ryan wants out. Too bad Disney doesn’t still own them bc then it really would be a Mickey mouse organization

  4. odj810 - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    given the fact he is going to get paid the same amount no matter where he goes. It will defanetly be interesting to see what he decides. I’m sure playing time will be a huge factor in his decision.

  5. dabutcha114 - Jun 24, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Sather will sign him to the Rangers.

    • mianfr - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      You’re probably going to have to guarantee him a spot in the top six to sign him, and (fortunately?) the Rangers are just too deep on defense to go out and do something like that.

  6. ironcity6pak - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I read the pens might be in on this guy too.

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