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Happy Justin Schultz day!

Jun 27, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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Today in Toronto, the pitches for Justin Schultz’s services will start to roll in. The 21-year-old college star that can sign with any team he so desires will, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, consider 26 expressions of interest before whittling it down to a short list by the end of the day.

Schultz, a defenseman, can’t formally sign until Sunday, but it’s believed he’ll make his decision before then.

The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks are expected to be among the leading suitors.

For more on the Schultz situation, here’s his UFA profile.

  1. geo91 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Honestly, I bet he doesn’t end up being nearly as good as the hype is making him out to be, talk about an overblown story. TSN can’t get enough of him and I hate it lol

    • elemeno89 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      usually when tsn talks about a player again and again, it’s for good reason. just a heads up.

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Not the best picture of him…..head down looking like a Midget B player

  3. chasemutley - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Since there is a maximum that he can be paid, I think it’s more of a Bang for you Buck hype then Future HOF hype.

  4. jernster21 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    This guy might be good but I think he’s a bit of a joke. For someone who has never played a single NHL game he seems to think he’s something special if he thinks he can demand playing time on any team he wants and basically screwing the Ducks in the process. Doesn’t help that all the teams are basically drooling over the dude, but yeah, no thanks. Hopefully Getzlaf or Perry puts this dude through the wall the first time they play him.

  5. lordfletcher - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    the late in the day rumor is that it’s down to 5 teams and that the MN Wild haven’t been told they are out.

    So I am guessing it’s something like this??

    1. EDM
    2. TOR
    3. VAN
    4. ??? / Wild
    5. Wild / ???

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