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Edmonton wins Justin Schultz sweepstakes

Jun 30, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

Justin Schultz

After days of negotiations and a process that was more befitting of “The Bachelor” than a free agent pursuit, Justin Schultz has made his decision to sign with the  Edmonton Oilers.

Through the afternoon, Schultz started letting suitors know they were out of the running. First it was the New York Rangers, then the Toronto Maple Leafs, and ultimately turning down the Senators, Canucks, and Wild until finally settling on the Oilers. Schultz will join Edmonton after being the best player at the University of Wisconsin last season.

The courtship by most teams in the league to woo Schultz to their side is unlike anything we’ve seen recently and for good reason. With Schultz having to sign a two-year, entry-level deal at a fixed cost, it helped bring virtually every team out of the woodwork thanks to him being cost-controlled.

Now Schultz will look to improve the Oilers defense and team up with the likes of Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle to become a playoff team and force in the Western Conference. If the Oilers wanted to recreate their dynasty rosters of the 80s, they’re doing a hell of a job trying to make it happen.

  1. hockeyd40 - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Edmonton is gonna be the OKC Thunder of the NHL

  2. broadstbully33 - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    the are still short 6 nhl d men and 3 top 9 forwards O and a goalie or 2

    • selldannysell - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      But, other than that, they’re right there!

  3. aesophy - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    They still need a lot more help with defense and a definite number one goalie, but good for them to lock him up. Besides the whole “media circus” he caused I still think he’s going to be a great player in a few years. One can argue, being as it is the off season, the media kinda created the circus out of it’s own sheer boredom.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      They do need a lot more help but they have one of if not the best young core in the league. They’re going to be scary good in a few years.

  4. murtdurt - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    The flames must be real excited for what’s going on up the road. With that said Edmonton’s going to run into the same problem that the Blackhawks and penguins did trying to resign everyone in a couple years. Their windows not as large as it seems

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      As a Flames fan I don’t really care what the Oilers are doing, they’ve been the worst team in the league for years they’ve drafted a bunch of small highly skilled players who haven’t really done anything yet, if they get some more defenseman and a goalie and everyone develops then they’ll be pretty good but right now they’re nothing but unrealized potential.

  5. kingjoe1 - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    While Western Canada is a nice place, this dudes insistance to stay there leads me to believe he is scared of the spotlight. I think he will be soft like James Van Rem…all the talent in the world won’t overcome a lack of heart. At least Edmonton will be locked in for only 2 years. For them it is worth I shot…I guess.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      Going from Kamploops to Edmonton, that’s quite pretty weak. Maybe he is scared of the big stage.

    • ray2013 - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      As someone who lives in Alberta, I can say Edmonton is all hockey all the time. Call-in shows in the middle of June and July are all Oilers all the time (or very nearly). These Oiler players are treated like rock stars and every move they make is news. Jordan Eberle played in a charity golf tournament in Edmonton recently. They covered his score on Edmonton tv and in the paper. In a flipping charity golf tourney. If he wanted to avoid the spotlight, there are many other markets where he could just blend in or fade away. That isn’t happening here.

      • kingjoe1 - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:54 PM

        Well yes Edmonton loves hockey, but it still is a far cry from New York, Chicago, Detroit, Boston or Philadelphia. He chose a safe secure landing spot and to me that says soft.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:57 AM

        With the possible exception of Detroit (possibly) all of those American cities you named have one thing in common, hockey players don’t have a big spotlight on them. When you’re away from the arena no one knows who you are, it’s not like playing for the Yankees or Red Sox you’re anonomys.

        By your definition anyone who signs anywhere but Toronto or Montreal should be considered soft, because the media in those two cities (Montreal especially) will chew them up and that’s the big spotlight right?

      • ray2013 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:10 AM

        @kingjoe; I agree Edmonton was probably the safest possible landing spot to choose. They had the third-ranked powerplay in the NHL last year, and selected an offensive stud in Yakupov 1st overall but at the same time the team finished 29th, so it’s not like he has a lot of d-men ahead of him to earn his PT. He’ll get every shot to play on the powerplay, and since he’s a points-producing d-man, he’ll probably get his in Edmonton, and earn a fat second and third contract, which is why Edmonton was his choice. If he was picking based on the city, then Vancouver and New York were his obvious choices (or if he wanted to play in the playoffs the next two years). Edmonton is probably the easiest place to get a roster spot and get a lot of second assists playing with their elite young players. But if he wanted a real challenge, he should have picked the Leafs. If he helped them make the playoffs, he’d be a hero there. Edmonton makes no sense unless it’s all about getting the easy roster spot and setting up a second and third contract.

  6. loinstache - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Well good for them but let’s hope for their sake the organization starts actually playing the game instead of saying “number one please” year after year.

  7. williplett - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    $3.775 cap hit for two years while he gets on the job training…and he can bolt in two years if he feels like it. No thanks.

    • rockyspond - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      actually he is on an entry level contract and is oiler property until 2018

      • williplett - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        I missed the RFA year, which would be the ’15-’16 season.

        How do you figure he will be Oiler property until 2018?

      • williplett - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM

        Never mind. I screwed up.

  8. mclovinhockey - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    What’s an okc thunder??? The oil is starting something… By the time they are able to make the playoffs they will be against the cap and be looking to resign half their team as ufas haha

  9. williplett - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I’d be interested to see some of these prematurely gloating Oiler fans opinions if a few from now some of these young players were signed away via huge offer sheets. You know, there’s just an unwritten gentleman’s agreement preventing that from happening. Just a gentleman’s agreement…

  10. navzgm - Jun 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Great, now can we stop talking about this guy now?

  11. jkaflagg - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Good for the Oilers, they were beginning to resemble a farm team rather than a NHL team….If Schultz is as good as advertised, there are no more excuses in Edmonton – they need to contend for a playoff spot next year…..

  12. stevieyzer19 - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    With all the questions to why the Oilers used their draft pick on The forward rather than Murray makes me wonder if this has been in the works for a while as the Ducks seem to think there has been tampering

  13. odj810 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    its good for the nhl to have good teams in canada It looks like there getting some building blocks for the future.

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