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Caps GM says he’ll do what he can to trade Schultz

Jun 1, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

Jeff Schultz, Craig Adams AP

Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz surprised some fans by asking to be traded. After all, he’s played there for seven seasons and has been a blue line fixture.

It turns out his demand to be moved was, indeed, true and Caps GM George McPhee says he’ll do his part to accommodate him as Ben Raby of shares.

“He did ask for a trade,” McPhee said. “As we’ve told every player, if you ever want to be traded or you’re not happy then let us know and we’ll trade you. So we started working on it and we’ll see what develops.”

What may prove to be the hard part in moving him is how he’s played the last couple seasons on top of his salary cap hit. Schultz has a $2.75 million cap hit next season and for a guy that’s played second or third-pairing minutes with the cap going down next season, that might be a bit pricey.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Proposed Trade:
    Washington – Jeff Schultz
    New York Islanders – John Tavares autographed puck and two smuckers uncrustables. (Grape of course)

    • bcisleman - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      I hear Garth likes strawberry. Do they have strawberry?

      • ravenscaps48 - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Perhaps. Let me run to the store.

  2. operwapitsai - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    how about that 7th Edmonton wanted to get rid of? caps 1st and Schultz for the oilers 1st. prolly another lil somethin from the caps as well like a 3rd. Jeff will fit in well there with the other 2 Schultz there

    • bcisleman - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      They don’t want to “get rid” of the pick. They are open to moving it for a front line player who will improve the team. That doesn’t sound like Schultz. What I have read is that they are looking for a big physical center or a goalie who can challenge Dubnyk for the starting job.

    • ray2013 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      The Oilers would be foolish not to try and trade for Jeff Schultz. He’d instantly be one of the top three Schultz’s they’d have.

      Seriously though, the Oilers could use a defensive upgrade. Is Jeff Schultz an upgrade Capital fans?

    • ray2013 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      I don’t think they’re giving up their 7th overall pick in a pretty decent draft year unless there’s a can’t miss trade, and they haven’t seen one of those in a while.

  3. jovocop2112 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Is he right or left-handed? Either way, Vancouver could take him.

    • mrpinkca - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Vancouver is having cap trouble enough without a 2.75 million dollar 3rd pairing d-man.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        He’s a 7th D at best. Should be at the AHL Level

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    @jovocop2112 he’s lefty

  5. pastabelly - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    They would have to take a similarly overpaid player from another team. There are plenty of those guys out there.

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