: Larry Brooks:
Rangers interested in Justin Schultz as a free agent
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03-21-2012, 06:31 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Schultz will have a list of teams. Wheeler had a list of teams. Wheeler's agent discussed why his client chose the Bruins
"More than 20 NHL teams were interested in Blake, and this was a very tough decision," said Wellesley-based agent Matt Keator, who also represents Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. "And ultimately it came down to a few things for Blake, but mostly that he was comfortable with where the Bruins were headed as an organization - how this year they brought along kids like David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Mark Stuart.
"They've done a good job of developing kids, and he wants to continue along that line."
Just last week, Wheeler trimmed his list to four teams - believed to be the Bruins, Canadiens, Rangers, and either the Devils or Wild - and yesterday afternoon he finalized his choice when he met with Keator in Minnesota.
The Rangers have done of a good job in developing kids. Schultz can ask McDonagh and Stepan about that. Torts isn't afraid to play a young player and give him major responsibility. The players are in his age group. Mostly a North American mix. College guys. CHL guys. The Ducks are all CHL guys except for Palmieri. Its an older group. Older Euros in Selanne and Koivu.
Also,Wheeler wanted to play with his college buddy from Minnesota. Phil Kessel. They came in together as freshman in 2005 at Minnesota.
The money will be the same. Schultz will look for the right fit. The Rangers are a perfect fit.
Not sure which advisor represents Schultz. It has not been reported anywhere.
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