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Oilers ink Schultz to one-year deal

Aug 29, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

The Edmonton Oilers signed restricted free agent defenseman Justin Schultz to a one-year contract the club announced Friday.

The deal is reportedly worth $3.657 million.

Schultz, 24, has spent parts of the past two seasons in Edmonton registering 60 points in 122 games.

Originally a second round pick of the Anaheim Ducks (43rd overall in 2008), Schultz signed a two-year deal with the Oilers after failing to come to terms with Anaheim in May 2012.

 

  1. leepetertk - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Interesting that it is a one year deal. MacT and Schultz camp said they were open to a long term deal or a bridge contract.

    Eberle, Hall, and RNH all signed long term deals after year 2. Schultz is technically in the same position (except RFA instead of 1 year left on entry level). Perhaps Schultz wanted the same deal as those three, but MacT wanted a lower cap hit at that length. And then they had to settle for 1 year so Schultz can show more.

  2. shaundre93 - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    It kinda just hit me for whatever reason that he was drafted by Anaheim. In the 2nd rd. Good lord that team knows how to draft. Its a shame for them that Schultz seems to have an ego, otherwise that blue line would be even more crowded with young talent

    • areaman714 - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Maybe. But if the Ducks ended up signing Schultz, there may not have been the room to let Hampus Lindholm blossom in the NHL so quickly.

      Many Ducks fans still think it’s necessary to boo Schultz when the Oilers come to Anaheim . . . I’d like to shake his hand and thank him for opting to sign with the Oilers. Lindholm is already and will continue to be a better blueliner than Schultz.

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