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05-25-2012, 10:58 AM
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Some news today about Justin Schultz:

Originally Posted by ”Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie”

Word out of Wisconsin is ANA draft Justin Schultz filed paperwork to quit school. Neither Ducks nor Schultz's reps responding for comment.
Originally Posted by ”Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie”

If Schultz has indeed de-registered from school, ANA has exclusive 30-day window to sign him. If unsigned after 30 days, he's UFA.
Originally Posted by ”Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie”

If UFA, Schultz cannot sign until July 1, but is free to talk to any teams immediately upon expiry of ANA's 30-day exclusivity window.
McKenzie didn't address this, but many have speculated Schutlz would have re-entered the draft if he filed his paperwork on or before May 23rd. The idea is at 21 years old he's still draft eligible. However, as a college player, the Ducks have a 30 day window of exclusive negotiation to work with him to get him under contract.

Therefore if the 30 day window ended before June 22nd (the draft), the Ducks lose his rights and he'd go back in to the draft. Now, the 30 days is after the draft (during depending on the exact day) and he'll be an UFA since he'd be ineligible for next year's draft.

Point is … like everyone thought all along … the Ducks are screwed. This is a calculated move by the agent to avoid the draft and become an unrestricted free agent. If they had any intention of signing with the Ducks, they would have done so by now. The Ducks were offering to burn a year of his ELC so he became a RFA in 2 years. Now, with his new team, he's still required to sign a 3 year ELC.

I put Schultz in the category of difficult and unlikely to acquire yet not totally impossible ... just like Suter. All the speculation seems to have him going home to British Columbia or to NY playing with his friends and ex-Wisconsin teammates.

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