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Oilers remain hopeful Schultz will sign before camp

Aug 26, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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With training camp (thankfully) just a few weeks away, the remaining restricted free agents are getting more attention. There’s still plenty of time to get them signed, but the possibility that one or more of the players in limbo will hold out is slowly increasing.

Defenseman Justin Schultz is one of the more noteworthy players without a contract, but the Edmonton Oilers aren’t too concerned yet.

“Stalemate is too strong a word … both parties are listening. We’re very optimistic something will get done (before camp starts Sept. 18),” Oilers senior vice-president of hockey operations Scott Howson told the Edmonton Journal.

Edmonton and Schultz have discussed the possibility of a long-term deal, but at this point a one or two-year contract is far more likely. Schultz, 24, is coming off of his entry-level contract.

With 122 NHL games under his belt, the Oilers see Schultz as a top-four defenseman that is capable of recording more than 40 points per season. His defensive game could use some work though.

Schultz had 11 goals, 33 points, and a minus-22 rating in 74 contests as a sophomore in 2013-14.


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  1. malinpaul - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    I totally respect that he has not panned out nearly where we’d like, but I wish we could try to lock him up for 4 years. The first year will be an overpay, but my gut says he gets much better.

    smart guy who will benefit from experience and a more talented team.

    mark my words – if we do a 2 year deal we will pay A LOT more down the line. And we might even lose him.

    only opinions at this point, but that’s what I’m saying.

  2. justanotherphillyfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Isn’t this that promising kid who signed as a Free Agent because he didn’t wanna play in Anaheim?
    He went to Edmonton because they had all the young talent there ( kinda like Calgary today ) and look what that brought him.

    I think that prospect D. Nurse will over-skate this guy in 1 year from today.

  3. tomcreanshair - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Actually, it was between the Oil and the Wild.

  4. bsaures - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Be would have been better of signing with a team that had a solid dcore where for the first few years he could be in the 4-6 range to develop and have less pressure

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